Top 12 Calendar Contest Winners 2013

2013 Top 12 Calendar Contest Winners

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

NEW JERSEY'S TOP TEN BEACHES 2013 Top 12 Calendar Contest Winners

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 ever 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 WaterLocation 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 WavesLocation: 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 AwayLocation: 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 Scharff12 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
2 New Jersey Seafood Festival T-Shirts
12 Bottles of Sea Salt
Bahr’s Restaurant