As smart as cameras are today, there is one thing
they can’t do: see. The thrill of these superb
pictures arises from the skill and intuition of the
passionate people behind the lens.
is one of the essential
components of New
Jersey Monthly. This
year, for the first time, we
invited our readers to contribute their
photographic vision to our depiction
of the Garden State. Partnering with
Unique Photo of Fairfield, we launched a
contest, open to amateurs, students and
professionals residing in the state. The
challenge: Create a photograph, shot in
New Jersey, striking enough to command
the cover of this month’s issue.
Photographers were invited to submit
images in five categories: Architecture,
lifestyle, nature, student and special (the
last encompassing aerial, night, abstract,
conceptual and digitally manipulated
pictures). The New Jersey Monthly &
Unique Photo Cover Search 2018 entry
period ran March 20 through October 1.
In concert with Unique, we reviewed
the 631 submissions on the basis of originality, technical excellence, composition,
artistic merit and subject relevance to
life in New Jersey. In the initial judging,
we chose 60 finalists to submit to our
expert panel (see p. 61). Using the same
criteria, the panel chose the winner and
runner-up in each of the five categories.
New Jersey Monthly and Unique Photo
made the final decision on the cover
winner and runner-up. Winners and
runners-up won prizes of photo equipment and gift cards from Unique Photo.
Enjoy your stroll through the state,
guided by these gifted artists.
Moon Over Mariner’s Landing
“My favorite things to photograph are
the moon, the boardwalk and rides, and
silhouettes,” says LaPreta. Entering the
special category, she used Photoshop
to painstakingly combine her telephoto
shot of the full moon with silhouettes she
made of the rides at Mariner’s Landing
near her hometown of Wildwood Crest.
“I enjoy being able to create something
“At that time of year,” Walsh says, “the sun
you wish you could see but doesn’t exist.”
“I’m not a fisherman,” says Walsh, a
professional close-up magician who lives
in Northfield, “but I love maritime photos
and sunsets.” This picture, entered in the
nature category, was taken with a wide-
angle lens, the camera on a tripod for a
slow 1/30-second exposure, in December.
looks like it’s setting right behind the fish-
ing pier. You don’t get that in the summer.”
Sunset, Ocean City
New Jersey Monthly & Unique Photo Cover Search 2018