SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Division have selected the winners for this year’s fifth annual photo contest “Show Us Somerset County Through Your Camera Lens.” 

Residents submitted photos that highlighted the beauty and attributes of Somerset County, and a panel of judges selected up to three winners for professional and amateur photographs in the following categories: Community & Events, Historic Sites, Natural Environment and Recreational Opportunities.

Two entrants won in the overall professional and amateur categories for their submissions and received a $100 honorarium. Photographers whose artwork was selected for first, second and third place won a $50 honorarium.

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All winners’ photographs will be featured online and in printed materials, which will be produced by Somerset County and the Somerset County Business Partnership.

Nikki Ferringo of South Bound Brook was selected as the winner in the overall amateur category for her “Fall Focus” entry. Parvathi Kumar of Bridgewater was selected as the winner in the overall professional category for her photograph “Autumn Beauty.”

The first, second and third place winners are: 

Community and Events


First Place – Judith Sedlak of Basking Ridge for “Tour of Basking Ridge”

Second Place – Thom Horvath of Bridgewater for “Basilone Parade 2019”

Historic Sites


First Place – Joni McKelvey of Raritan for “Nevius Street Bridge”

Second Place – Luke Eelman of Bridgewater for “Headstone Vermule Cemetery”

Third Place – Daniel Matyola of Branchburg for “Twin Towers Somerville”

Natural Environment


First Place – Nikki Ferringo of South Bound Brook for “Fall Focus”

Second Place – Bryan Hans of Green Brook for “Apple Blossom Colonial Park”

Third Place – Renee McAndrew of Raritan for “Lavender Farm”


First Place – Parvathi Kumar of Bridgewater for “Autumn Beauty Natirar Park”   

Second Place – Corrine Prochazka of Somerset for “Colonial Love Birds”  

Recreational Opportunities 


First Place – Laura Doeringer of Basking Ridge for “Lazy Summer Day Passaic River Near the Environmental Center”      

Second Place – Julia Gehringer of Basking Ridge for “It Begins With Love Lord Stirling Stable”