Top Calendar Contest

Top 12 Calendar Contest Winners

Sponsored by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and the Richard Stockton College Coastal Research Center

Listed in Order of Calendar Appearance


  • Name: Laurie VanSant – 4th Place
  • Photograph: Summer Sisters
  • Location: High Bar Harbor/Barnegat Inlet
  • Hometown: Hamilton, NJ

Laurie is an award-winning photographer, website designer, and book publisher from Hamilton and Surf City, NJ. With sand between her toes, the self-taught enthusiast was inspired by a “Brady Bunch” rerun and started developing B&W photos in her parents’ kitchen while in the 7th Grade. Now Laurie shares her combined passions for photography and LBI with her talented daughter.


  • Name: Gregory Hnath – 11th Place
  • Photograph: Grand Finale
  • Location: Seaside Heights
  • Hometown: Jackson, NJ

Gregory Hnath is from Jackson and has loved the beach since he was a child. He received his first camera as a present in 1998 right before one of his family’s vacations to Long Beach Island and has been interested in photography ever since. He enjoys being able to mix his love of the beach and photography on a regular basis, especially in his favorite place, Wildwood Crest.


  • Name: Rebecca Salerno – 6th Place
  • Photograph: Ride the Seaside Tide
  • Location: Seaside Park
  • Hometown: Livingston, NJ

Rebecca is a senior at Livingston High School and is enrolled in photography. She had spent every summer growing up in Seaside Park, and decided what better place to capture than the community that brought her so many memories. From its tranquil settings to its exhilarating moments, Rebecca spent her entire summer photographing the Jersey Shore from every angle.


  • Name: Kelly Hunt – 3rd Place
  • Photograph: Pushing Waves
  • Location: Margate
  • Hometown: Hammonton, NJ

Kelly is a 4th & 5th grade Gifted & Talented teacher in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. She was born and raised at the shore. During the summers, she frequents the lifeguard races with her uncle and uses her passion for photography to capture the action. These and her vast library of nature photos are used to enhance her classroom décor.


  • Name: Rick Oliva – 1st Place
  • Photograph: Sunset at Beach Haven Inlet
  • Location: Beach Haven Inlet
  • Hometown: Clinton, NJ

Scenic photography has been a hobby of Rick’s for many, many years. As with snowflakes, no two sunsets, or sunrise, are alike, especially at the beach! Spending every weekend between March and November on Long Beach Island has been Rick’s paradise for 28 years. Hurricane Sandy may have taken his home, but not his spirit and love for LBI.


  • Name: Stephanie J. Lindley – 9th Place
  • Photograph: Angel’s Light
  • Location: Somers Point Beach looking toward Ocean City (Longport Bridge)
  • Hometown: Ocean City, NJ

Stephanie is a local of Ocean City with a background in Graphic Arts, a degree in Applied Science and the owner of Wipe Out Cleaning Service. When not working she enjoys nature, animals (especially her 3 legged dog Winston), painting, photography and doing anything that challenges her creatively. She particularly loves shooting photos of sunrises and sunsets against the beautiful backdrop of the Jersey Shore.


  • Name: Peter DeMille – 12th Place
  • Photograph: Painting Water
  • Location of Photograph: Corson’s Inlet
  • Hometown: Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Peter is a 22-year-old student at Atlantic Cape Community College who is passionate about photography and most enjoys taking pictures locally.


  • Name: Elizabeth DeJesus – 7th Place
  • Photograph: Beach & Boards
  • Location: Ocean City
  • Hometown: Mays Landing, NJ

Elizabeth is a Physical Rehabilitation nurse presently living on South Jersey who has lived in New Jersey her life. The Jersey Shore has always been her place of refuge where memories of a lifetime were created. She is passionate about both the Jersey Shore & boardwalks.


  • Name: Katie Walling – 10th Place
  • Photograph: Still Waves
  • Location: Island Beach State Park
  • Hometown: Toms River, NJ

Katie Walling is a Coastal Engineering student who grew up living and loving the beach life. She has always had a passion for the ocean and marine environments. In between surfing, wakeboarding, and boating, Katie loves photographing the shoreline and capturing nature from unique perspectives.


  • Name: Mary McCusker – 2nd Place
  • Photograph: Rainbow over Brigantine
  • Location: Brigantine
  • Hometown: Voorhees, NJ

Mary McCusker is from Voorhees, NJ and has been going to Brigantine, NJ her whole life. She is currently a junior at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia studying marketing and English, and she freelances in photography, graphic art, and other media services. She can’t wait to travel after she graduates.


  • Name: Gerrie Cali – 5th Place
  • Photograph: Up, Up and Away
  • Location: Brigantine Beach
  • Hometown: Brigantine Beach, NJ

Gerrie Cali is a former speech pathologist that grew up in northern New Jersey. She has many fond memories of vacationing with her family at Seaside Heights, Atlantic City and Wildwood. Having lived in numerous states across the US, she and her husband decided to return to the Jersey shore for their retirement in 2004. She is an amateur photographer who enjoys walking on the beach and capturing the ever changing landscapes.


  • Name: Julian Colón – 8th Place
  • Photograph: A Walk on the Beach
  • Location: Island Beach State Park
  • Hometown: Montclair, NJ

Julian Colon is a Mechanical Engineer from Montclair, NJ. He grew up spending his summers in the beautiful town of Lavallette. As an avid photographer, Julian enjoys walking along the shore with his dog and capturing picturesque moments.

Thanks to the following 12 Businesses, Organizations and Individuals for their donations for the 12 Photo Contest Finalists Prize Packages

  • Matted and Signed Photograph for 1st Place Winner
    • Photographer/Judge Paul Scharff
  • 12 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit Concert CD’s
    • New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium
  • 12 Passes to Tuckerton Seaport & 12 Rubber Duck Decoys
    • Tuckerton Seaport
  • 12 Calendars
    • NJ Top Ten Beaches Making More Shore Memories Sponsors
  • 12 Postcard Packet
    • New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium
  • 12 Tubs of Johnson Popcorn and Salt Water Taffy / Drink Cozies
    • Cape May Tourism
  • 12 Shore Themed Books
    • Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce, DMO
  • 12 Passes to Breakwater Beach Waterpark
    • Seaside Heights
  • 12 Go-Kart Coupon Books
    • Seaside Heights
  • 12 Passes to Belmar Restaurant Tour
    • Belmar
  • 2 New Jersey Seafood Festival T-Shirts
    • Belmar
  • 12 Bottles of Sea Salt
    • Bahr’s Restaurant