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Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. presented awards to the 10 winners in the Annual Essex County Parks Photography Contest on Tuesday, October 11th. Winners were awarded in Adult, Youth and Professional categories.

“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
* Bruce Goodman from Verona received first place in the Adult Category for “Verona Park.”
* Joshua Goodman from West Orange received second place in the Adult Category for “The Crag, South Mountain Reservation.”
* Gary Wiener from Nutley received third place in the Adult Category for “Grover Cleveland Park.
* Izabela Van Tassel from Bloomfield received an honorable mention in the Adult Category for “Turtle Back Zoo.”

Youth Category
* Mason Nunez from Newark received first place in the Youth Category for “Turtle Back Zoo.”
* Elly Dixon from Newark received second place in the Youth Category for “Branch Brook Park.”
* Aaron Cruz from Newark received third place in the Youth Category for “Verona Park.”
* Sophia Jacob from East Hanover received an honorable mention in the Youth Category for “Hemlock Falls Frog, South Mountain Reservation.”

Professional Category
* Pawel Wozniak from Bloomfield received first place in the Professional Category for “Kip’s Castle.”
* Mary Del Negro from Belleville received second place in the Professional Category for “Presby Iris Gardens.”

The Essex County Parks Photography Contest was sponsored by the Essex County Environmental Center and judged by members of the Essex County Photography Club. Anyone with a camera was encouraged to participate. Entries were judged in three categories: Youth for ages 17 years and younger, Adult for ages 18 and older and Professional for those who have sold their work through commercial channels, shown their photographs in exhibits or galleries, received at least two awards for their photography or have a membership in a professional craft association. 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 the Essex County Photography Club, Manhattan Bagel, Madison Photo Plus, Earth Wind & Flowers, South Orange Frame Shop, Jerry’s Artist Outlet, Montclair Art Museum, The Learning Express, Lakeside Deli and Livingston Car Wash.

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


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