ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ANNUAL ESSEX COUNTY PARKS PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

26 Sep ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ANNUAL ESSEX COUNTY PARKS PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

Roseland, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced eight Essex County residents received awards in the Annual Essex County Parks Photography Contest. Winners were awarded in Adult and Youth categories and were recognized on Saturday, September 24th during the Annual Fall Family Festival at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland.

“We congratulate the winners of the Essex County Parks Photography Contest and thank all the contestants for sharing what they experienced in our historic Parks System,” DiVincenzo said. “Events like these encourage our residents to visit our open spaces and share their artistic talents. All these photographs capture the beauty, highlight the diversity and natural splendor of our parks, reservations and recreation facilities,” he added.

The artists, and the awards they received, are as follows:

Adult Category

  • Jane Ballinger from Cedar Grove received first place in the Adult Category for “Verona Park – Bridge.”
  • Janet Markman from West Caldwell received second place in the Adult Category for “Presby Iris Gardens.”
  • Michael Mund from North Caldwell received third place in the Adult Category for “Verona Park – Bridge.”
  • Miriam Jarney from Cranford received an honorable mention in the Adult Category for “Brookdale Park – Autumn.”

Youth Category

  • Katie Hunt from Verona received first place in the Youth Category for “Verona Park – Boat House.”
  • Brittany Hill from Newton received second place in the Youth Category for “Environmental Center – Swallowtail.”
  • Brennan Cunningham from Roseland received third place in the Youth Category for “Turtle Back Zoo – Mountain Lion.”
  • Gregory Hill from Newton received an honorable mention in the Youth Category for “Environmental Center – Flower.”

The Essex County Parks Photography Contest was sponsored by the Essex County Environmental Center. Anyone with a camera was encouraged to participate. Entries were judged in two categories: Youth for ages 17 years and younger and Adult for ages 18 and older. All photographs should have been taken within the boundaries of the Essex County Parks System during the past year. Entries were judged on creativity, technical superiority, composition, and the photograph’s depiction of the uniqueness of the Essex County Parks System.

All photographs will be on display at the Essex County Environmental Center during September and October. Hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sponsoring the contest were the South Orange Frame Shop, Frames and Framers from Millburn, Signarama from Roseland, Livingston Camera, Millburn Frame Shop, Jerry’s Artist Outlet from West Orange, Jacklyn KIing from Montclair, REI in East Hanover and Watchung Books from Montclair.

The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 22 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, two miniature golf courses, golf driving range, three off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.