The Somerset County Board of County Commissioners recently announced the winning entries for the 2020 “Show Us Somerset County Through Your Camera Lens” contest.

“There are so many remarkable photographers in Somerset County that we always look forward to seeing the images people submit for our annual photo contest. There were so many beautiful entries in 2020 that it was really difficult to narrow it down to only a few winners,” said Commissioner Melonie Marano, liaison to the Cultural & Heritage Commission. “We also created a new category last year to reflect the ways residents dealt with the stress of the pandemic.”

A panel of judges selected first- and second-place winners in each of five themes: Community, History, Natural Environment, Recreational Opportunities and Creativity During COVID-19. Photographers with winning entries will receive a $50 honorarium.  The overall contest winner will receive a $100 honorarium, in lieu of a $50 category honorarium.

Images can be view at

Hugh McCann of Franklin was selected as the overall winner for his “Van Liew-Suydam House” entry.


First Place – Hugh McCann of Franklin for St. Mathias Carnival

Second Place – Gabrielle Dragan of Montgomery for Flags for Heroes at Montgomery High School


First place – Hugh McCann of Franklin for Van Liew-Suydam House

Second place – Steve McIntyre of North Plainfield for Sunrise at Washington Rock Park


First place – Cristina Forte of Franklin for Kayaking Fun on D&R Canal

Second place – Judith Sedlak of Bernards for Bike Race in Basking Ridge


First place – Brianna Titus of Warren for Horses at Lord Stirling Stable

Second place – Allison Thomas of Manville for Sunrise Deer at Kupper Airport


First place (Tied) – Cristina Forte of Franklin for Covid Nature Walks; and Judith Sedlak of Bernards for Leaf Rose

Second place – Thom Horvath of Bridgewater for Neshanic VFD Wave Parade at White Oak Park

Winning entries will be posted on the Somerset County’s home page at and at Photos also may appear in the Somerset County Business Partnership’s 2021 Somerset County Destination Guide.

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