SOMERVILLE, NJ - Professional and amateur photographers living in Somerset County are invited to submit photos that showcase the beauty and attributes of this area.

The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in cooperation with the Somerset County Business Partnership, is sponsoring its third annual “Show us Somerset County Through Your Camera Lens” photo contest for residents and county staff. Entries will be accepted between Aug. 15 and Sept. 15.

 “We enjoy featuring images on our website that depict Somerset County as a great place to live, work and play,” said Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer. “People have submitted stunning photos in the past couple of years and we look forward to seeing more unique and beautiful images this year.”

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The Somerset County Business Partnership is looking for images that showcase people enjoying attractions, amenities and workplaces within the county for its 2018-2019 Somerset County Destination Guide.

 Photo Contest entries should reflect one of five themes:

Community – e.g., neighborhoods, important local places, health & wellness, golf, etc.

Natural Environment – for example, lakes, rivers, forests, parks and golf courses, or wildlife

Architecture and Urban Design – including plazas, buildings, boulevards, work places, hotels, etc.

Transportation – for example, streets, buses, trains, bicycle and pedestrian paths

Arts & Culture – including museums, events, entertainment, public art, agritourism, restaurants, etc.

Submissions must be the original work of the applicant and not previously entered in the photo contest. A panel of judges will select two winners for each theme, as well as an overall contest winner in both the professional and amateur categories.

To enter the contest, individuals must complete the form on Somerset County’s website at: https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/residents/photo-contest. One person can submit up to five images; the maximum size for each image is 10MB. See photo contest instructions for more information.

Contestants are responsible for acquiring subject release forms from identifiable people featured in the photographs.  All images must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15. No late submissions will be accepted.

For more information, contact Linny Kosensky at photocontest@co.somerset.nj.us or call (908) 231-7081.