Enter HEP Photo Contest to Celebrate Estuary Week!
In September 2014, the NY NJ Harbor & Estuary Program held a photo contest ...
Best in Show award: Stephen Blumert, for his beautiful photo. From Stephen - “This is a view of Fort Jay on Governor's Island from the Staten Island ferry. That evening the boat was loaded with tourists waiting eagerly for a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. Sitting alone on the Brooklyn side I had this spectacular view to myself.”
Non-native species/flotsam & jetsam award: Dan Montella, for his photo of an unusual bit of floatable debris in the Hackensack Meadowlands (New Jersey). Alligators are not native to the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary but unfortunately trash and floatable debris washes up in our marshes and shorelines.
Capturing Wildlife in Action award: Mark Botton, for capturing these horseshoe crabs spawning at Plumb Beach in Jamaica Bay (Brooklyn, NY) in May, 2014.
Pete Malinowski, for his photo of a student from the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School with an oyster grown at the school’s oyster facility on Governor’s Island. From Pete - “My favorite activity in the Estuary is engaging our youth in its restoration through the Billion Oyster Project. Here, a Harbor School student shows the love he's built for oysters after three years of volunteering his weekends to our project.
Susannah Black - “Students from New York Harbor School harvest oysters from Wallabout Basin nursery to be placed on Soundview Reef, as part of the Billion Oyster Project.”
Neyla Orozco Anaya – “Bronx Kill, NYC, with the obstacle removed the community can paddle through!”
Robert Eckstein – “Horseshoe Cove at Sandy Hook, New Jersey, Winter 2014. Hurricane Sandy really hit us hard but the beauty of Sandy Hook held fast. The fantastic recovery was due to outstanding work of volunteers and the National Park Service."
Sandra Meola – “Here at NY/NJ Baykeeper, we work to protect, preserve, and restore the ecological integrity of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary. This photo is from our Swimmable Waters day where we promote clean, swimmable water in our esturary! Photo was taken on Beach Ave Beach in Union Beach, NJ"
Rob Buchanan’s photo of students rowing Whitehall Gigs from the Navy Yard into the East River (Brooklyn, NY)
Paul Sieswerda – “Harbor seals on Swinburne Island, a small island off South Beach, Staten Island. From the Gotham Whale seal count on April 4, 2014.”
Janine Cannici – “Urban Egrets amid the floatables at the mouth of the Rahway River on the Arthur Kill at Linden, New Jersey.”
The Natural Areas Conservancy’s “salt marsh field team made quite a spectacle walking down streets in their chest waders, wide-brimmed hats, and handkerchiefs. During the course of their field day, Theresa, a new intern, experienced her first day in the ditched, muddy salt marshes of William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge in Staten Island--losing her boots multiple times as they were eaten by unrelenting marsh muck, and covering herself head-to-toe in silty, sticky mud. She was still smiling by the end of the day, though, as the field crew finished up their assessment work!”
Evelyn Powers – “Sunset and New York City skyline as seen from Newtown Creek. A reminder that NYC's creeks and tributaries are important (and very beautiful) parts of the estuary”
Charles R. Berenguer Jr - “Osprey hunting for breakfast in the Bronx River Estuary(Bronx, NY)"
Walter Mugdan – “This photo of an egret was taken on the morning of August 16, 2014 in Udalls Cove, the eastern arm of Little Neck Bay, near the eastern boundary of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary."
Michael Unold – “In addition to searching for the whales now in our area, I also enjoy photographing other subjects --- this is a common tern in flight - around the Breezy Point Area."