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Community Read 2023: #Nofilter Digital Photography Contest

#Nofilter Digital Photography Contest

How to Participate

To participate in the Digital Photography Contest, email Dr. Jake Detelich your entry at Please submit your entry from your JWU email address and include a JPEG or PNG of your entry, your entry title and your name. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 17. Participants may submit a maximum of two entries for consideration. 

Be sure to return to this page March 21 to view each entry and vote for a People's Choice winner

A panel of judges will determine the winners in the following categories:

  • Nature
  • Urban
  • Campus Life
  • Abstract

There will also be winners selected in a separate category for Faculty/Staff.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony from 3–4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 22 in Hance Auditorium.


Vote for the People's Choice

Vote for the People's Choice Award! Click through the pictures to see all of the entries. Make sure to maximize the window. Make your choice(s) and vote here by 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 21. You may vote for up to three favorite photos, but you may only fill out the form once!



The Johnson & Wales University Charlotte Campus Library invites students, faculty and staff to participate in the #Nofilter Digital Photography Contest, inspired by the Community Read selection The Edge of Anything by Nora Shalaway CarpenterIn the novel, a loner teen photographer befriends a high school volleyball star. Set in the North Carolina mountains, the novel explores grief, mental health and the transformative power of friendship.

Feel free to check out the novel for inspiration and ideas!

Entry Rules

  • Contest is open to all Johnson & Wales students, faculty and staff.
  • Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 17.
  • No more than two photos per entrant.
  • Only photos taken between January 1, 2021 through March 17, 2023, by the entrant, will be accepted.
  • Photos must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct and be suitable for public display.

Judging and Prizes

Judging will take place March 1921. A panel of judges will review contest photos to determine winners. Everyone will have the opportunity to vote on the People's Choice winner, until 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 21.

Winners will be announced, and prizes will be awarded at an awards ceremony 34:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 22 in Hance Auditorium.


First and second place winners in each category will receive JWU swag.




Campus Life



People's Choice