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NJSGC’s “Jersey Shore” Photo Contest

New Jersey boasts some of the most picturesque beaches along the East Coast.  If you have a great shot that celebrates and embraces the natural elements of the Garden State’s beautiful coastline, submit the image to NJSGC’s revamped “Favorite Beaches of the Jersey Shore” photo contest! Ultimately, the top twelve photos will be used to create New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s annual desktop calendar for 2022.


About the Contest:

New Jersey Sea Grant’s graphic design team will select 24 photos from all entries received up until Tuesday, June 1st (5 pm EST).  Those finalists will then be posted on the NJSGC website where visitors can vote for their favorite throughout the month leading up to the July Fourth holiday.

New Jersey’s “Favorite Beaches” Photo Contest Submission Guidelines:

(If your submission does not meet the following guidelines, it will not be considered)

  • Only one (1) photo submission per person.
  • Entries should be submitted as an attachment via email to NJSGC’s Communications Associate at
  • The email entry should include: name, email, photo location, and image title.
  • Stick to the contest theme: Natural Elements of New Jersey Beaches. We welcome both traditional and innovative approaches to this subject, but please no family portraits.
  • Photo files must be .JPG or .PNG format and a minimum of 300 DPI saved at a quality setting of “10” or higher and 8 ½” for the longest side.
  • Images should be horizontal (landscape).
  • Entries will be accepted until 5 pm (EST) on June 1st, 2021.
  • Submit only your own original work.
  • Photos should be appropriate for a general audience. Explicit content is expressly prohibited.
  • Post-processing and digital manipulation is not allowed, but minor adjustments to contrast, filtration, subtle burning, and dodging are acceptable.
  • All entries become the property of NJSGC and may be used by the organization for other educational or marketing materials (the twelve finalists will receive an additional waiver for signature prior to publication of the calendar).
  • Do not include any logos or text on the photo.
  • By submitting your photo to this contest, you grant NJSGC permission to publicly display, reproduce, and use the photographs in all manner and media for any and all purposes, including related promotional purposes, in perpetuity. You also warrant that the photo is your original work and does not violate the copyright or any other personal or property right of any third party, and that you may be required to and can obtain any and all releases and permissions necessary for its use in the production of our calendar, including releases for any recognizable faces, unless they are incidental to a larger scene (e.g., a group of sunbathers on the beach).

Winners will be announced prior to the July Fourth holiday.  These images will be used to create the 2022 NJSGC downloadable desktop calendar (, which will also feature useful coastal facts and information to help locals and visitors learn more about and appreciate the Jersey Shore.


To view last year’s winners, please click here.


Communications is a vital component of the Sea Grant network. As an organization, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is committed to fostering the wise use, conservation and development of the nation’s coastal resources. One of the best ways to achieve this is generating and disseminating unbiased information products to everyone with a stake in the Consortium’s mission. Communications provides comprehensive services to the Consortium and its project partners using all possible means and mediums including, print, computer and web based technology, video, radio and broadcast television.

2013 New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches Survey Sets Aside Competitive Focus to Support Beach Tourism

(Sandy Hook, NJ) — Despite the devastating blows Sandy dealt many beach communities last fall, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) is coordinating a cooperative effort among regional tourism leaders that will put a non-competitive focus on its popular, annual New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches project to help promote Shore tourism for the summer of 2013.

In 2008, the New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches Survey was created by NJSGC and the Richard Stockton College Coastal Research Center to encourage stewardship and pride in the state’s beaches while promoting a little healthy competition among New Jersey’s favorite beach towns. The voting traditionally opens up on the New Jersey Top Ten beaches web site in mid- to late February and continues through the end of April. The results of the survey are announced each year just before Memorial Day weekend at the NJSGC’s State of the Shore Media Event, a premier gathering of coastal experts, State officials, and members of the news media, to kick off the Jersey Shore summer.

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NJ’s 2017 ‘Favorite Beaches’ Announced at Awards Ceremony in Ocean City

In honor of the July 4th holiday weekend, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium announced the official winners of this year’s ‘Favorite Beaches’ poll during a gorgeous beachside ceremony held at Music Pier in Ocean City on Thursday, June 29.  This popular shore town remains defending overall champion, snagging more than half the votes (which totaled 7,200).

The survey was first created in 2008 and initially deemed “New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches,” to help encourage stewardship and pride in the state’s beaches while promoting a little healthy (and friendly) competition between NJ’s beloved beach towns. The contest has since become a highlight of the Garden State’s summer festivities.

But over the years we’ve come to realize something at NJSGC — New Jerseyans are passionate about visiting ALL different sand and surf hotspots throughout the state! So, in order to better recognize every part of our wonderful coastline, as of 2016 we picked individual victors from all  four coastal counties (while still naming a top overall winner).

Voting really started to heat-up in June 2017. So without further delay, here is the official breakdown!


  1. Ocean City
  2. Brigantine
  3. Margate


  1. Asbury Park
  2. Spring Lake
  3. Sandy Hook – Gateway National Park
  4. Belmar
  5. Ocean Grove


  1. Seaside Heights
  2. Beach Haven
  3. Point Pleasant Beach
  4. Island Beach State Park
  5. Ship Bottom


  1. Brigantine
  2. Margate
  3. Atlantic City
  4. Longport
  5. Ventnor

Cape May:

  1. Ocean City
  2. Sea Isle City
  3. Wildwood Crest
  4. Cape May
  5. Wildwood

Thank you again for your participation, and stay tuned for more details about next year! Please also visit NJSGC’s official Facebook and Instragram.

In The News:

Cape May County Herald

94.3 ‘The Point’ (Ocean City)

CBS Philadelphia

Press of Atlantic City

OCNJ Daily

2016 New Jersey’s Favorite Beach Poll Results Announced

If it is summertime, you can be pretty sure that most New Jersey residents have plans to make it to the beach. And with so many miles of wonderful coastline, why wouldn’t they? Whether it’s for a day trip or a whole week, New Jersey beaches are prime locations for summer fun in our great outdoors.

This poll was created in 2008 as the New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches Survey to encourage stewardship and pride in the state’s beaches while promoting a little healthy competition between New Jersey’s favorite beach towns. It is a way to celebrate everything there is to love about the Jersey Shore. We’ve conducted this poll since 2008 to call attention to New Jersey’s amazing beaches. Over time we’ve learned a thing or two — mostly that New Jerseyans are passionate about all the beaches up and down our coast. So, in order to better recognize every inch of our wonderful coastline, this year we will recognize a number one beach in each of New Jersey’s four coastal counties as well as a favorite beach overall.

This year after nearly 10,000 votes cast in a public poll, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium revealed the winners in Ocean City, the defending champion of the poll.

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