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

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Roseland, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. presented awards to the nine winners in the Annual Essex County Parks Photography Contest. Winners were awarded in Adult and Youth categories and were recognized on Thursday, November 1st 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

  • Cesar Avila from Nutley received first place in the Adult Category for “Yanticaw Park.”
  • Janet Markman from West Caldwell received second place in the Adult Category for “Presby Iris Gardens.”
  • Lynda Zarillo from Livingston received third place in the Adult Category for “Lions at Turtle Back Zoo.”
  • John Evagelou from Cliffside Park received an honorable mention in the Adult Category for “South Mountain Reservation – Tree Swallows.”
  • Joshua Goodman from West Orange received an honorable mention in the Adult Category for “Verona Park.”

Youth Category

  • Niccolo McCormick from West Orange received first place in the Youth Category for “Verona Park.”
  • Leonardo McCormick from West Orange received second place in the Youth Category for “Green Frog at Environmental Center.”
  • Samantha Montague from West Orange received third place in the Youth Category for “Flowers, South Mountain Reservation.”
  • Elise Linn from North Caldwell received an honorable mention in the Youth Category for “Grover Cleveland Park.”

The Essex County Parks Photography Contest was sponsored by the Essex County Environmental Center and judged by members of the Essex County Photo Club. 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 were on display at the Essex County Environmental Center during September and October.

Sponsoring the contest and providing prizes for the winners were Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza, The Learning Express, Caldwell Nursery, Livingston Camera, Jerry’s Artist Outlet, South Orange Frame Shop, Frames and Framers, Green Point Juicery, Fairchild’s Market, RD Works, The Towne Scoop, Metropolitan Plant Exchange and the Montclair Art Museum.

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 23 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, four off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.