Local photographer lands cover photo in the “Making More Shore Memories” calendar

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Submitted/NJ Director of Travel and Tourism Grace Hanlon unveils the calendar winners as Kelly Hunt, left, watches. Submitted/NJ Director of Travel and Tourism Grace Hanlon unveils the calendar winners as Kelly Hunt, left, watches.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - On Thursday, May 23, the results of the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s 2013 Making More Shore Memories Calendar Photo Contest were revealed and the photo to be selected for the cover photo was an image of Margate lifeguards, shot by Kelly Hunt, a gifted and talented teacher at the Dr. Joyanne D. Miller School in Egg Harbor Township and an owner and photographer at Photos by MK. 

The new contest took the place of the consortium’s annual New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches Survey which was introduced in 2008 to inspire pride in and stewardship of New Jersey’s beaches while promoting a little healthy competition between New Jersey’s favorite beach towns.

In 2013, in recognition of the impacts of Superstorm Sandy along the Jersey Shore, rivalries were put on hold and instead, the New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches Survey focused on everything there is to love about the Jersey Shore.

From Feb. 20 to March 22 photography enthusiasts from across the country submitted hundreds of photos to the contest, with each entrant only submitting one photo.  In late March, a panel of judges comprised of three professional photographers set about the monumental task of narrowing the field by choosing their favorites.

 From the hundreds of photos entered, Hunt’s was chosen as one of 41 finalists and placed on the “New Jersey’s Top 10 Beaches” website where people were invited to vote for their favorite and narrow the field to 12 finalists. 

 Her photo, entitled “Pushing Waves,” was of two Margate Beach Patrol lifeguards, Chuck Gowdy and Ashton Funk, rowing out through the breaking waves while competing for the doubles championship in the annual Margate Memorial Lifeguard races.

 On May 23, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium held their annual State of the Shore Media Event in Belmar, where representatives from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Travel and Tourism, Richard Stockton College, and the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, among others, discussed the impact of Superstorm Sandy and reminded the public that despite the storm, New Jersey’s beaches and resort towns are open for business.  

 The 12 finalists from the photo contest were invited to attend the event, and the limited edition Making More Shore Memories Calendar was unveiled. 

 Hunt’s photo was honored by being chosen for the cover of the calendar by the judges.  It also won third place in the popular vote in the contest and can be seen as the photo for the month of September.   

 Calendars can be ordered on-line at the njtoptenbeaches.org web site after the Memorial Day Weekend.  The winners, their biographies, and other information will be posted on the website as well.  The calendars are $4.99 plus shipping and a portion of the proceeds will go towards Sandy Relief. Submitted/Kelly Hunt, a teacher in Egg Harbor Township, shows the cover of the calendar, which displays her Margate picture. Submitted/Kelly Hunt, a teacher in Egg Harbor Township, shows the cover of the calendar, which displays her Margate picture.


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