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Manalapan 2019 Photo Contest

February 06, 2019

The Manalapan Arts Council and Mayor Susan Cohen are pleased to announce the holding of the 11th annual Manalapan Township photo contest.  The 2019 theme is "A Moment in the Life of Manalapan". The Contest will be looking for pictures of any scene, object, event, people or activity that occurs in Manalapan that inspires an appreciation of residing in the town. Each year’s contest has been very successful as over 400 photos have been submitted in the past 10 years. 

Linda Steele, Contest Co-Chair, explains the contest and theme.  “This year the Photo Contest Committee deliberately chose a very broad theme. Over the years we have selected themes that celebrated life here in Manalapan and identified specific topics to be photographed – such as animals or the Jersey Shore.  Often, we have been rewarded in each contest with very artistic presentations.  This year, the theme allows for a lot of imagination – the subject can be a person, place, pet, food, activity, etc. – the proverbial ‘sky is the limit’. We encourage all Manalapan residents to consider submitting a photo.”  Teresa Erlitz, fellow Contest Co-Chair, went on to explain what they are looking for, “As usual, we want to make it as difficult as possible on our Judges! The judges will be looking for photographic quality and will be incorporating titles and artistic flair in their evaluations. The Judges will be open to all the details in the photograph. We encourage all Manalapan residents to consider submitting a photo and a short caption that describes their photo."

"First of all I want to thank the Manalapan Arts Council for again organizing and selecting the theme for our Annual Photo Contest.  I especially want to recognize the stewardship of our co-chairs - Linda Steele and Teresa Erlitz – who are stepping into new roles.”  said Mayor Susan Cohen.  Mayor Cohen added, “I have looked at the photos from previous contests when they have been on display in the courtroom and I am always so impressed with artistic talents of the residents of our town, and how they have captured the essence of each theme in their photos. I am really looking forward to a new set of wonderful photos that showcase our beautiful town!"

The contest is open to all Manalapan residents.  Township residents can only enter one photo.  Photographs must include a brief description (25 words or less) of the photo.   Awards will be given as follows:

Prizes of $100 for 1st Place & $50 for Honorable Mention will be awarded in the following categories:

18 years & over (senior)
17 years & younger (junior)

People's Choice – the photo that receives most votes from the Manalapan Day (June 8th) display will also win a prize of $100.

As mentioned, all photos will be on display at the Manalapan Day community event on June 8, 2019 where the special “Peoples Choice” award will be given to the photo that garners the most votes that day from the visiting and judging public.

Photographs must be received by 4:30 p.m. on May 24, 2019.  Photographs can be submitted by email to photocontest@mtnj.org (file must be less than 5mb) or dropped off at the Manalapan Township Health Department (photographic prints must not be larger than 5” x 7”).  The full set of rules and the submission form are available online at the Township website – www.mtnj.org – or at the Manalapan Township Health Department. 

Please remember a submission form must accompany the photograph.  Forms are also available on the Township web site or at the Manalapan Township Health Department.

Click here for the photo contest application

For more information please contact the Health Department at 732-446-8345.

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