Assemblyman Jon Bramnick announced the winners of his fifth annual photography contest. Amateur photographers throughout New Jersey entered the contest and submitted over 300 pictures.
“This year’s photos captured the beauty and great diversity of our Garden State. New Jersey has," Assemblyman Bramnick, whose district includes parts of Union, Morris and Somerset counties, said.
The public and media are invited to a reception honoring the winners from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m Oct. 7.
Winners include an overall top prize winner, a “staff pick” selection and additional honorable mention winners in each of the categories.
This year’s overall top prize winner went is Vivian Bedoya.
The Jersey Shore category winners are: first place, Bill Cook, second place, Michael Paglialunga, third place, Jennifer Principato, and honorable mention winners: Kevin Papa, Michael McKenna, Rick Brightly and staff pick winner, Barbara Wirkus.
In the state park category, Betsy Bacot-Aigner won first place, second place, Gerard Goulson, thirdPeterson and Ian MacPherson.
For the wildlife category, Charles Clark won first place, second place, Nick Zmiejeski, and third place to Jim Mulvey, honorable mention winners: Michael Horwath, Robin Smith, Joe Taveroni and Leah Fenton.