Manalapan photo contest seeks entries


MANALAPAN – The Manalapan Arts Council and Mayor Susan Cohen have announced the 11th annual Manalapan Township photo contest. The 2019 theme is “A Moment in the Life of Manalapan.”

Contest organizers 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, according to a press release.

Linda Steele, contest co-chair, said, “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. We encourage all Manalapan residents to consider submitting a photo,” Steele said.

Teresa Erlitz, contest co-chair, said, “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,” Erlitz said.

The contest is open to all Manalapan residents, limited to one photo entry per resident. Photographs must include a brief description (25 words or less) of the photo.

Prizes of $100 for first place and $50 for honorable mention will be awarded in the following categories: 18 and over (senior); 17 and younger (junior); and People’s Choice, the photo that receives the most votes when displayed at Manalapan Day ($100 prize).

Photographs must be received by 4:30 p.m. May 22. Photographs may be submitted by email to [email protected] (file must be less than 5mb) or dropped off at the Manalapan Health Department (prints must not be larger than 5 x 7 inches).

Full rules and a submission form are available at or at the Manalapan Health Department. For more information, call 732-446-8345.