by Noelle Kehrley
MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Township Recreation Department held it's 1st Annual Winter Photo Contest celebrating what makes Mount Olive Township a Great Place to Live, Work and Play!
The 1st Place, Best Over-all award winner is Kristina Ailara, who entered as an Amateur Adult with her photo titled 'Berries at Turkey Brook Park'. Besides bragging rights, Ailara won a prize packet valued at $100 with donations from Branda's Italian Grill, The Market Place & Instant Imprints.
The winners, who were honored at a reception at the Mount Olive Bar and Grill, also included Linda Spaet, Best Amateur Adult Award; Paul C. Pomel, Amateur Adult Runner Up; and Timothy Maio, Best 18 & Under.
Pictured left to right: Kristina Ailara, Linda Spaet, Timothy Maio, and Marie Calvo of the Mount Olive Recreation Department.
“Our first competition was very successful, and we’ll continue staging one for Spring & Winter each year,” said Jill Daggon, Recreation Supervisor, sponsor of the contest. “We have a lot of great photographers around our town, and we’re glad to recognize them.”
The 2008-2009 Winter Photo Contest ran from November 20th, 2008 through March 1st, 2009. Each photo was judged based on technical quality, creativity, and the effectiveness of conveying the beauty or unique character of our town during the winter months.
The judges panel included Joe Gigli, professional photographer; Noelle Kehrley, Managing Editor of Flanders NJ News, and Dan Kehrley, President YFM Media; Megan Boyd, a Mount Olive High School photography teacher; and Jennifer and Mike Rousseau, of Our Town Magazine.
Winning photos will be displayed on the mountolivetownship.com "Township Recreation" page. Printed, mounted photos will be displayed at the Municipal building and at prize sponsors' place of business.
Details for the Spring Photo Contest will be coming soon, check the Mt. Olive Recreation web site for more information.