MORRISTOWN, NJ - The winners of the first annual Morris County's Winter Photo Contest have been chosen.  First place goes to Meredith Kurland-Ross of Randolph. Edward Aussem of Morristown took second and Mia Mutascio of Morris Township took third place. Honorable mentions included Eleanor Ambramson of Wharton, Diane Blumenfield of Riverdale, Laura Byrne of Randolph, Merrill Eppedio of Landing, Lisa Epstein of Randolph, Denise Panyik-Dale of Morris Plains, Melissa Zimmerman of Randolph and Richard Zoschak of Landing.

“We congratulate the winners of our first county photo contest, and thank the many other participants for showing the beauty of our county even in the dead of winter,” said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “We are blessed to live in such a great place and to have so many talented residents who in our midst."

Kurland-Ross's entry titled "Little Red Shed in the Snow" was of the little red shed on Picatinny Road across from Villa Walsh Academy.  The entry "Sunrise after Snowfall", was submitted by Aussem. His photo was of the Morristown train tracks peeking through the snow. New York City and the sun are in the distance but the lights on the platform are still shining. Mutascio photographed a tribute to military veterans at the Veterans Section of Evergreen Cemetray in Morristown. Her entry was titled "Guardian Angels". Mutascio's submission "Fosterfields Fairy Dust" earned her an honorable mention.

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The contest encouraged participants to showcase Morris County’s quality of life and spaces and places. It was the idea of County Planning Director Christine Marion and former county Flood Mitigation Program Coordinator Jennifer McCulloch.

Winners were chosen from more than 180 entries by a special six-person panel.

"We would tell you that the choices were not easy, and there was lively debate before the winners were chosen", said Cabana.

The Freeholders thanked all those who participated.