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Two Cedar Grove Residents Win Photography Awards

From L to R:  Freeholder Patricia Sebold, Samuel Giuffrida, John Shiever, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.  and DiVincenzo's granddaughter Hailey. Credits: Glen Frieson

ROSELAND, NJ Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced nine Essex County residents received awards in the Annual Essex County Parks Photography Contest. Winners were awarded in Adult and Youth categories and were recognized on Saturday, September 26 during the Annual Fall Family Festival at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland. A total of 95 entries were received this year.

“We congratulate the winners of the Essex County Parks Photography Contest and thank all the contestants for sharing what they experienced in our historic Parks System,” DiVincenzo said. “Events like these encourage our residents to visit our open spaces and share their artistic talents. All these photographs capture the beauty, highlight the diversity and natural splendor of our parks, reservations and recreation facilities,” he added.

The artists, and the awards they received, are as follows:

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  • Robert S. Kaplan received an honorable mention in the Adult Category for “Grover Cleveland Park.”

Cedar Grove

  • John Shiever received third place in the Adult Category for “Verona Park.”
  • Samuel Giuffrida received third place in the Youth Category for “Tiger Swallowtail at Turtle Back Zoo.”


  • Michael Maddaloni received first place in the Adult Category for “9/11 Memorial at Eagle Rock Reservation.”

South Orange

  • Jared Kofsky received first place in the Youth Category for “Branch Brook Park.”

West Caldwell

  • Janet Markman received an honorable mention in the Adult Category for “Monarch on Milkweed at Hilltop Reservation.”
  • Maria Pepper received second place in the Youth Category for “Jaguar at Turtle Back Zoo.”

West Orange

  • Brad Schwartz received second place in the Adult Category for “Orange Reservoir.”
  • Samantha Montague received an honorable mention in the Youth Category for “Orange Reservoir at South Mountain Reservation.”

The Essex County Parks Photography Contest was sponsored by the Essex County Environmental Center. Anyone with a camera was encouraged to participate. Entries were judged in two categories: Youth for ages 17 years and younger and Adult for ages 18 and older. All photographs should have been taken within the boundaries of the Essex County Parks System during the past year. Entries were judged by members of the Essex County Photo Club based on creativity, technical superiority, composition, and the photograph’s depiction of the uniqueness of the Essex County Parks System.

All photographs will be on display at the Essex County Environmental Center from Saturday, September 26 to Saturday, October 31. Hours are Monday to Fridayfrom 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sponsoring the contest were the South Orange Frame Shop, Wild Bird Center from West Caldwell, Millburn Frame Shop, Livingston Camera, Unique Photo from Fairfield, Watchung Books from Montclair, Hill Crest Farm from Verona and Jerry’s Artist Outlet from West Orange.

The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 22 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, two miniature golf courses, golf driving range, three off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.

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