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Delaware River and Bay Authority Announces Contest Winners; Art and Photography Contest Held to Celebrate Agency’s Golden Anniversary
By JSalmon on 09/20/2012:  


Delaware River and Bay Authority Announces Contest Winners
Art and Photography Contest Held to Celebrate Agency’s Golden Anniversary
(New Castle, DE) Today, Delaware River and Bay Authority officials announced the winners of the agency’s 50th Anniversary Art and Photography contest, which was held to commemorate the founding of the bi-state agency on September 20, 1962. The contest, which ran from late June through September 10th, invited the public to participate in the Authority’s celebration by photographing, drawing, or painting one of the agency’s facility locations.
“The contest generated a lot of enthusiasm, with participants submitting unique creations from as far away as California,” said Scott Green, Executive Director of the Delaware River and Bay Authority. “I am thrilled by the positive response and community involvement in the Authority’s first ever art and photography contest.  I want to thank everyone who participated.  It was a tremendous success and a great way to involve the community in our Anniversary celebration.”
Artists ranged in age from 8 to 75 and the Authority received a unique collection of photographs, drawings, paintings and computer art. The independent judges were Scott Hewitt, a professional photographer in Wilmington, and Mary Rodgers, Associate Professor in the Visual and Performing Art Department at Salem Community College.
The contest was open to the public and divided into four categories: Children (4-9); Students (10-13); High School (14-17); and Adults (18 and older). 
Eric Pritchett of Dover, Delaware was selected the overall contest winner for his original digital painting featuring the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. The category winners are listed as follows:
Brandon McNeill of Downingtown, PA—Children category winner
Sophia Bolton of North Cape May, NJ—Student category winner
Kaitlin Poling of Villas, NJ—High School category winner
Rachel Espinoza of Fontana, CA—Adult category winner
Given the quality and number of entries, the Authority created an honorable mention category to recognize additional participants for their efforts. Honorable mention entries include: Catherine Gibson of Colts Neck, NJ; Angeline M. Bolton of North Cape May, NJ; Gianna Martinelli of Wilmington, DE, Alyssa Caccese of Elmer, NJ; Terri Ely of Bridgeton, NJ; Joseph Brennan of Lower Township, NJ; and Bradley Egolf of Harbeson, DE. 
The winning entries and honorable mentions will be displayed in the lobby of the Delaware River and Bay Authority. 
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, the Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the Salem Business Centre in Carney’s Point Twp., NJ. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit