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Breathtaking Images Selected from More than 800 Submissions Statewide – Posted 5/12/14

The County College of Morris (CCM) Photo Club has announced the winners of its second annual photography contest for New Jersey high school students.

Winning first place was Callie Wohlgemuth of Morris Knolls High School for “Progress.” Arthur Hunking of Columbia High School took second with “Femme de la Soiree” and Apoorva Rao of Bridgewater-Raritan High School placed third with “Barrier.” Shoshana Geller of Blair Academy won the Popularity Award, given to the photo that received the most likes on the competition’s Facebook page, for the photo “Chasing the Sun.”

Honorable mentions were awarded to Dylan Faner of Sparta High School for “Erie,” Meltem Saricicek of Sparta High School for “Power Mist,” Sarah Sullivan of Mount Olive High School for “Edge of Sleep,” and Stephen Vocaturo of Sparta High School for “Into the Beyond.”

The winners were announced at an exhibition and reception held at the Morris Museum on Thursday, May 8. CCM Photo Club members served as judges for the event. Of the more than 800 submissions received from dozens of high schools around the state, 36 were selected for the exhibition.

“The quality of the work was overwhelming and members of the CCM Photo Club had an extremely hard time selecting the finalists,” remarked Hrvoje Slovenc, the Photo Club’s adviser and professor of photography at CCM.

The contest was open to all New Jersey high school students and this year’s theme was “On the Edge,” which could be a physical edge, something trendy, an unusual technique or a conceptual boundary.
The CCM Photo Club is one of many student-run clubs on campus. The winning photos and finalists are viewable through the club’s Facebook page at

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Photo: “Progress” by Callie Wohlgemuth of Morris Knolls High School won first place in the CCM Photo Club’s annual photography contest for high school students.