March 17, 2021

FOPOS Announces Annual Photo Contest Winners


“MOONLIGHT STORY”: This photo by Samuel Vovsi won first place in Friends of Princeton Open Space’s annual Give Thanks For Nature Photo Contest. Visit to view all the contest winners.

Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS), a nonprofit devoted to preservation and stewardship of land in Princeton, has announced the winners of their annual Give Thanks For Nature Photo Contest. 

The contest is sponsored by REI in support of their annual OptOutside initiative, which encourages everyone to avoid shopping on the day after Thanksgiving (aka Black Friday) and to instead spend time outdoors enjoying nature. Eligible photos were taken in the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve from November 26, 2020 through January 31, 2021. 

New in 2020, FOPOS opened the contest up to students aged 16 and under.

“When we saw the substantial increase in families enjoying the trails in the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve in 2020, we knew we had to invite young nature enthusiasts to enter the contest,” said Fran McManus, FOPOS board member and photo contest coordinator. “To reward the winners, we purchased gift card prizes from the bent spoon, JaZams and LiLLiPiES – a win-win for kids and local businesses.”

To view contest winners and learn more about Friends of Princeton Open Space, please visit