by Noelle Kehrley
MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - The Mount Olive Township Recreation Department held it's 1st Annual Spring 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 Jon Carmody, who entered as an Amateur Adult in the category Outdoors: Landscapes, Wildlife, Nature. Carmody won a $100.00 cash prize donated by Flanders Veterinary Clinic and of course, bragging rights.
The following winners were honored during a reception at the Chili's of Mount Olive...
- Best Amateur Adult Andrew Palmieri – $50 gift certificate to Kennedy’s Pub.
- Runner Up Amateur Adult Alan DiBenedetto – $25 gift certificate to Chili’s Grill & Bar.
- Most Innovative Krystal Straw – $50.00 cash prize donated by Dr. Steven Denholtz, D.M.D.
- Best Under 18 Lauren Wisnewski – $50 gift certificate to Golf Zone.
- Runner Up Under 18 Dan Ilg – $25 gift certificate to Rita’s in Flanders.
- Best Professional Adult Matthew Jones – a $50 gift certificate to Verizon Wireless.
Each photo entered in the 2009 Spring Photo Contest was judged based on technical quality, creativity, and the effectiveness of conveying the beauty or unique character of our town during spring in Mount Olive.
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.