President’s Corner

Background from left: Jim Mahoney, Boston Herald director of photography, Dmitri Markovitch, Bobbi Burrows, Life Magazine photo editor, Ellie Markovitch, and Jahi Chikwendiu, Staff Photographer Washington Post, look on as Contest Chairs Scott Lituchy and Mike McLaughlin present the category winners for the judging of Best In Show.

Just want to take a moment to thank all of our members who participated in the POY contest this year. We had a record number of entries (2,523), a record number of participants (67), and a record number(20), of portfolios! The winner's list has already been posted on the website, and the images and judges comments will be up soon.

Watching the entire process made me realize -- again -- how much talent we have in New Jersey. I would have been proud to have many of the out-takes in my portfolio. The judges did not have an easy time choosing from the many great images they saw.

I especially want to thank Scott Lituchy, Mike McLaughlin, Ellie Markovitch, Kathy Kelly and Liz Lara for their tireless help in keeping the contest running smoothly.

Congratulations to Tony Kurdzuk, POY winner; Peter Ackerman, Sports Portfolio; Ellie Markovitch, NJ Understanding; and Joe Delconzo, Best in Show; and to the Star-Ledger for the Staff Award.

Keep up the great work and I hope to see lots of new faces at the annual dinner on June 5 !

Danielle

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