Have You Been Taking Pictures this Summer?

What does summer in NJ look like to you?

Sadly, July is nearing to its end already which means it will be August and then September before we know it. I’m certainly not trying to rush the summer away, but the good news is that this does also mean that you should have taken a lot of pictures so far for this summer’s Picture Perfect: Summer in New Jersey photo contest!  If you haven’t, then what are you waiting for?

Reminder:  this year, winning photographs will be published here in a special blog post AND displayed on the Notes on the State of New Jersey main page!

For a look at last year’s winners, click here.

Contest Guidelines:

*Submit up to 2 photos per person.

*Photos must be emailed to Melissa at
melissa.morris11 (at) gmail.com with SUMMER in the subject line.

*Please include your name, address and phone number in the body of the email. 

*Photos must be received by September 8th.

*Photos must be taken this summer in New Jersey to qualify for the contest (date and location of photo should be included with submission as well as a title and a brief explanation as to why you think the photo represents “Summer in NJ”).

*By submitting photos, you agree that they may be used for publication on The Jersey Girl website, the Notes on the State of New Jersey site, and/or any promotional materials.

*All published photos will always be credited to the artist.

*Winners will be announced here and on the NSNJ website, as well as on our twitter and facebook pages.

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

Advertisements

Picture Perfect: Summer in New Jersey Photo Contest, 2011

I’m happy to announce the start of the 2nd annual Picture Perfect: Summer in New Jersey photo contest.

This year, winning photographs will be published here in a special blog post AND displayed on the Notes on the State of New Jersey main page!

For a look at last year’s winners, click here.

What does summer in New Jersey look like to you?

Contest Guidelines:
*Submit up to 2 photos per person.
*Photos must be emailed to 
Melissa with SUMMER in the subject line.
*Please include your name, address and phone number in the body of the email.
*Photos must be received by September 8th.
*Photos must be taken 
this summer in New Jersey to qualify for the contest (date and location of photo should be included with submission as well as a title and a brief explanation as to why you think the photo represents “Summer in NJ”).
*By submitting photos, you agree that they may be used for publication on The Jersey Girl website, the Notes on the State of New Jersey site, and/or any promotional materials.
*All published photos will be credited to the artist.
*Winners will be announced here on the website.

Good luck!

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

Picture Perfect: My New Jersey Memories

Not a grain of sand in sight. (photo by Melissa Morris)

Everyone’s definition of their home state differs a bit.

Many people think about warm weather in New Jersey in terms of the shore.  For me, the warmer weather also reminds me of long drives  on country roads, away from traffic, and even away from the beach.  I spent many springs and summers in my childhood along these roads with views such as this one, admiring hard-working farms, and enjoying fresh produce we bought at the small, roadside farm stands.

Scenes like this are a big part of my Picture Perfect, New Jersey definition. Hazy, and hot, and home…

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

Picture Perfect: Summer in New Jersey

Summer in New Jersey means a lot of things to different people.  It can mean the beach and the boardwalk, concerts, amusement parks, carnivals (and all that tasty carnival food), hiking, fishing, camping, picnics, and so much more.  As the weather begins to turn colder and fall approaches, this Picture Perfect Sunday, we’ll take a minute to reflect on what a fantastic summer we’ve had, here in New Jersey.

I am very happy to share with you captures depicting what Summer means to five New Jersey photographers – beginning with the winning photo of our first ever Jersey Girl Photo Contest…

The featured photo and winner of the “Summer in New Jersey” Photo Contest:
“Unique Diversity” by Jenna Zawacki

In the photographer’s own words:  “While most New Jersey beaches consist of scattered shells in hot sand, one can find a treasure amidst the glowing tides of Diamond Beach.”  – Jenna Zawacki

* * *

There are so many talented photographers in New Jersey, and it was a lot of fun to look through the photos submitted for the contest.  Though we could not use them all here, there are a few more photos of “Summer in New Jersey” that I would like to share with you.

“My Son, Marshall” by Sandra Saponaro

In the photographer’s own words: “My son, Marshall.” – Sandra Saponaro

“The Giant Ferris Wheel @ Great Adventure” by Billy Hoffman

In the photographer’s own words:  “New Jersey is such an awesome place to spend your summer; there are really just countless ways to spend your days and nights.  But two things seem to represent the Jersey summer better than anything else, the Jersey Shore and Amusement Rides…” – Billy Hoffman

“Jersey Shore” by Misty Layne

In the photographer’s own words: “I’m a (somewhat) recent transplant from Alabama, been here almost a year, so it was my first summer in Jersey.  🙂  I think this photo represents summer in Jersey because it seems to be an iconic summer thing to do.  At least this is what everybody here has informed me.” – Misty Layne

Finally, one of The Jersey Girl’s contributing photographers, Christina Rudczynski, wanted to share a special photo of hers and say a little something about New Jersey.

“Time Travel” by Christina Rudczynski

In the photographer’s own words:  “One of the biggest misconceptions of New Jersey is that it is dirty.  This picture represents a place in New Jersey that has not changed much through the years and is not dirty.  Standing in this iris garden you feel as though you have stepped back in time (even if you are looking at cars surrounding the garden).  Walking around this garden, you forget all the noise and pollution and you are engulfed with the beauty of your surroundings, and say to yourself ‘This IS New Jersey.’  It is only one of the many beautiful places to be found in the state of New Jersey.” – Christina Rudczynski

* * *

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos for our first contest!
Make sure to get your cameras ready to take lots of fall pictures here in New Jersey (those leaves are already beginning to change!), and keep an eye out for our next contest!

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

Picture Perfect: “Summer in New Jersey” Photo Contest, 2010

Calling all photographers!

The Jersey Girl is running our first ever, end of summer photo contest.  We’re looking for photos that depict “Summer In New Jersey” to feature in a very special post.

Winning photographs will be published here on the website and announced through the post on September 12, 2010.

(Make sure you subscribe to the site so you don’t miss the announcement!)

Contest Guidelines:
*Submit up to 2 photos per person.
*Photos must be emailed to
Melissa with SUMMER in the subject line.
*Please include your name, address and phone number in the body of the email.
*Photos must be received by September 8th.
*Photos must be taken
this summer in New Jersey to qualify for the contest (date and location of photo should be included with submission as well as a title and a brief explanation as to why you think the photo represents “Summer in NJ”).
*By submitting photos, you agree that they may be used for publication on The Jersey Girl website and/or any promotional materials for the website.
*All published photos will be credited to the artist.
*Winners will be announced here on the website.

Good luck!

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

The Posts Are Coming, The Posts Are Coming!

I just looked at my calendar and couldn’t believe that it is already August 21st!  Where has the summer gone?

This Jersey Girl has certainly been very busy and enjoying her summer.  I’ve been to a lot of fabulous restaurants and great events here in New Jersey (even though I’ve been remiss in posting them on the site for you).

Exciting posts are on the way…

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl