Celebrate New Jersey with Unique Photo and New Jersey Monthly’s Cover Photo Contest

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Grand prize winning photo will appear on the December 2019 cover of New Jersey Monthly; $12,000 in valuable prizes to be awarded.

Moon Over Mariner's Landing Captured the Grand Prize in Unique Photo's Contest Last Year.

“This photo contest will showcase the beauty of New Jersey, all through photographers’ unique perspectives,” says Alexander Sweetwood, President of Unique Photo. “We are looking for images that are compelling, artistic, unusual or beautiful.

Celebrate New Jersey in pictures by entering Unique Photo and New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s 2019 Cover Search Contest. Unique Photo, New Jersey’s largest camera and video superstore, has partnered with New Jersey Monthly magazine for the second annual photo contest that will capture the essence of the Garden State.

Unique Photo and New Jersey Monthly will award valuable prizes to 14 Cover Search winners. The grand prize winning photo will appear on the cover of the December 2019 issue of the magazine.

The sponsors invite amateur, professional and student photographers to capture their favorite images of New Jersey— from our sunny shores to verdant mountains, from our sparkling urban skylines to our expanse of farmlands, and everything in between.

Photographers, who must be New Jersey residents, can submit one photo per month in the competition, which runs through October 1, 2019, in any of five content categories — Architectural, Landscape/Nature, Lifestyle, Down the Shore, and Special (abstract, conceptual, long exposure, etc.) — or in the Student category (grades 7 to 12). Black-and-white and color photos shot in a vertical format and taken after January 1, 2018 are accepted. Photos cannot be digitally altered, except in the “Special” category.

With each submission’s $15 entry fee, photographers will also support a good cause: a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey.

All eligible photos will be displayed in the magazine’s contest gallery. At the end of the six-month submission period, Unique Photo and New Jersey Monthly will choose 60 finalists, with an expert panel of judges making the final selection of a grand-prize winner; an overall runner-up; six category winners and six category runners-up. The Grand Prize winning photo will grace the December 2019 cover of New Jersey Monthly. Winners of each category will be awarded special prizes from Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, and more.

Prizes include:

  • Grand Prize: Placement of photo on front cover of the December 2019 issue of New Jersey Monthly or a front cover of an alternate issue; a photographic equipment package, including a Nikon Z7 with 24-70mm lens, Peak Design messenger bag and Manfrotto tripod (total retail value: $4,650).
  • Runner-Up: Canon EOS R with 24-105 lens (retail value: $2,199).
  • Category Winners: Cameras from Fuji, Sony, and Panasonic, ranging in retail price from $497 to $1,299.
  • Student Winners: DJI Spark Quadcopter (retail value: $359) and GoPro Hero 7 (retail value: $299.)
  • Category Runners-Up (6): $100 gift cards from Unique Photo.

“This photo contest will showcase the beauty of New Jersey, all through photographers’ unique perspectives,” says Alexander Sweetwood, President of Unique Photo. “We are looking for images that are compelling, artistic, unusual or beautiful. The resulting gallery will be a unique celebration of the Garden State in images captured by the public.”

For seven decades, Unique Photo has been helping photographers capture their best images. It has grown to become New Jersey’s largest retail camera store and center for photography education, with two locations: Its flagship store in Fairfield and its recently opened location in Hoboken, across from the PATH station.

What: Unique Photo Partners with New Jersey Monthly magazine for 2019 Cover Photo Contest

When: Now through October 1, 2019    

The Contest: Photo enthusiasts from beginners to professionals are encouraged to submit one color or black-and-white entry a month.

Entry Fee: $15 (One photo per month may be submitted)

How to Enter: Visit: https://www.uniquephoto.com/nj-monthly-contest

View the Current Gallery Entries: https://contests.njmonthly.com/contests/2019-cover-search/entries

About Unique Photo
Unique Photo is New Jersey’s largest camera and video superstore offering the latest in photographic products and imaging technology. Its 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Fairfield, N.J., features a spacious photography retail store, multi-media learning center, professional photo lab, meeting space, gourmet coffee bar and WiFi lounge. Unique Photo is also the top destination for photography education in New Jersey, hosting more than 1,000 amateur and professional photographers monthly for its classes. “Unique University” instructors include world-famous photographers, industry guest lecturers and Unique Photo’s professional staff. For more information, visit http://www.uniquephoto.com or call 973-377-2007.

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