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Columnist, student, win basin commission photo contest


The Delaware River Basin Commission announced awards for its Summer Delaware River Photo Contest at the third quarter business meeting Sept. 11.

Carl LaVO’s photograph, “Easy Chairs on a Hot, Summer Day,” was the winner of the public contest, and DRBC water quality intern Scott Jedrusiak won the staff contest for “The Light Within.”

New Jersey Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (NJ-7), a hobbyist photographer, was the guest judge.

LaVO was unable to attend in person to accept his award but he said he was very appreciative of the honor. “My buddy and I came across this scene during a bike ride on New Jersey’s Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath one hot July day,” he said “We so wanted to cool off in those chairs, but access prevented us, so we continued on.” LaVO, a resident of Levittown, is an author, columnist, journalist, and former Bucks County Courier Times editor.

Jedrusiak has been an intern with DRBC for almost two years and is in his junior year at Temple University studying Environmental Science; class prevented him from attending the meeting to accept his resolution.

“I enjoy exploring the tri-state area and taking photos in 35mm with my Pentax K1000,” said Jedrusiak. “I always have my camera with me, so when a colleague suggested paddling the Crosswicks Creek, a Delaware River tidal tributary, I was pleased to be at the right place and time to capture this sunset scene.”

Murphy presented Joint Legislative Resolutions from the State of New Jersey for the winners. DRBC Executive Director Steve Tambini accepted the resolutions on behalf of the winners. Their winning images will be featured on the commission’s website and on DRBC’s Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr social media sites.

The photos will also be published in the commission’s 2019 annual report, and the winners will receive certificates of recognition.

The contest’s purpose is to highlight photography representing the beauty, diversity, function, and significance of the water resources of the Delaware River Basin, a 13,539-square-mile watershed.