Pretty as a Picture: Nutley’s annual photo contest Contest

Photo by Crissi Thalab
Photo by Crissi Thalab

NUTLEY, NJ — Residents of Nutley proved their deep love for their hometown — and showed their artistic mettle — with hundreds of gorgeous and innovative photos in the annual contest organized by the office of Nutley Mayor Alphonse Petracco.

The annual Best of Nutley Photo Contest is run in a simple and fun manner. Every person who wants to submit photos could simply email them to a dedicated email address in the Mayor’s Office, and then the office uploaded them onto a Facebook page created especially for the contest, which ran from Oct. 23 through Nov. 7.

The winning photographs are displayed in a wonderful 2016 Best of Nutley calendar. The hundreds of photos
submitted offer an eclectic and often moving snapshot of the town.

In total, 125 photos were submitted, and the winners were chosen by a few teams. First, the winning photos were chosen by a judging committee, and then the selections were further narrowed down via online voting on Facebook, which was open to all residents.

And a special People’s Choice Award-winning photo — which culled the most votes in this year’s contest — will be used for the calendar cover.

In total, 14 photographs were chosen to be included in the 2016 Best of Nutley calendar.
Some of the iconic photos included my own favorite, a squirrel enjoying a slice of pizza — and who can blame him?
Other winners included in this year’s calendar were amazing views of nature, such as the waterfall and rainbow; a moving photo of a veteran, and numerous images of the Nutley High School marching band, both bittersweet and touching in a very artistic way.

The veteran shown here on these pages is Nutley resident Joseph Baum, who served in World War II. Baum’s son also served our country as a special forces soldier, on combat duty in Vietnam for three years.
To view these memorable photos, be sure to pick up

your copy of the calendar at the Public Safety Building or Town Hall.