Free NJ Shore Shots Calendar Now Available

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SANDY HOOK – The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) has announced the release of a unique 2012 calendar celebrating beaches and coastlines from Sandy Hook to Cape May and is offering single copies free-of-charge while supplies last.

The limited edition NJ Shore Shots calendar is an offshoot of NJSGC’s popular, award-winning New Jersey Top Ten Beaches (NJTTB) project which annually asks residents to vote on-line for their favorite New Jersey beach. That survey was launched four years ago by NJSGC and the Richard Stockton College Coastal Research Center to make people feel more connected to and protective of the state’s 130-mile coastline. To build on the sense of pride and friendly competition that voting for their favorite beaches generates among participants, NJSGC decided to develop a photo contest focusing on New Jersey beaches as part of the 2010.project.

People were invited to submit photos celebrating and embracing the natural elements of the state’s beaches and bays. A panel of judges was recruited, consisting of three of the state’s most notable photographers who rated and culled photos from the hundreds that were received for consideration and narrowed the final selection to 27 images. Those finalists were posted on the ­NJTTB web site where visitors could vote for their favorites. The twelve top photo vote-getters were revealed at NJSGC’s ninth annual State of The Shore showcase media event in May 2011 and those images were then used to create a novel 2012 calendar. The image that received the most votes “Serenity Now-Lavallette, NJ,” taken by Katie Wisz, will be used for all the marketing and promotional materials for NJSGC’s Tenth Anniversary State of the Shore Media Event in May 2012.

According to Kim Kosko, Director of Communications for NJSGC, “We designed this limited edition calendar to reinforce a positive image and sense of responsibility toward the Jersey Shore and remind people that New Jersey’s beaches and coastal resources are incredibly important natural and economic assets.”

The calendars are available at no cost, one per household while supplies last. To request a copy visit A computer desktop calendar featuring the winning images has also been developed and will be available for downloading beginning January 1, 2012.

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is an affiliation of colleges, universities and other groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment. NJSGC meets its mission through its innovative research, education and outreach programs. For more information about NJSGC, visit

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