December 2020: Cover Search Winners

It’s a good thing photographs are nonfattening and GMO free, because we as a species produce and consume them like potato chips every single day. Yet the best of them have staying power, amplifying our sense of the world, our place in it and our relations to each other. Since 2018, New Jersey Monthly and Unique Photo have invited readers to contribute their favorite images to the magazine’s ongoing portrait of life in the Garden State. Our annual Cover Search is open to amateurs, students and professionals. The challenge: Create a photo, shot in New Jersey, striking enough to command the cover of the December issue. As smart as cameras are today, from professional models to the ones in your phones, they are mere servants of the intuition, empathy and humor people bring to them—qualities on vivid display in these winning photographs.

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Garden Variety

A Friendly Neighborhood Chicken Farm in Jersey City

Shirley Parcon founded Urban Quack in her backyard as a way to teach her children about farming and sustainability. The free-range eggs are sold locally.

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How Cape May’s Harriet Tubman Museum Came to Be

The restored Howell House, named for the renowned abolitionist, tells an encompassing tale of the Black experience in early America.

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Collage Artist Upcycles Paper Scraps into Custom Creations

Laura Shabazz transforms ripped bits of magazines into masterpieces.

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Indie Booksellers Share 8 Titles to Gift This Season

Recommendations for all the avid readers in your life.

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Steve Adubato: Only in NJ

How the Boys & Girls Club Has Aided Paterson, Passaic Communities Amid Pandemic

As schooling remains remote, the organization is providing new solutions for virtual learning, food relief and more.

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Giving Back

Former Soup Kitchen Finds New Ways to Fulfill Growing Needs

Amid the pandemic, Morristown-based Nourish.NJ quickly revamped its food-distribution model and shifted all resource services to remote.

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Holiday Gift Guide: 17 Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Our editors’ top picks for the anything-but-ordinary season.

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The Perfect Harmony of John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey

In an emotionally trying year, the couple continues to share their enthusiasm for the Great American Songbook.

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Meet the Winners of Our 2020 Cover Contest

The results of our annual search for a December issue cover are in.

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When Covid-19 Symptoms Linger

For some who survive the coronavirus, it’s a long and difficult road to full recovery.

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The Baffling Battles Around Jersey’s Borders

A piece of Delaware on our coast? New York claiming our shoreline? New Jersey’s borders have long been flashpoints in relations with our neighbors.

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Home & Garden

In Bergen County Home, a Cowboy-Style Christmas

Reflecting her Arizona roots, this homeowner decks the halls, inside and out, with a modern Western flair.

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Eat & Drink

How 5 Local Chefs Sought Sanity This Year

Amid shutdowns and Covid-19 protocols, restaurateurs recharged their batteries through creative activities and challenging workouts.

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A Toast to Local Sparkling Wines

The quality of Garden State wines has improved greatly in the last decade—and more recently, wineries are making strides in sparkler production.

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Exit Ramp

A Socially Distant Santa Is Coming to Town

This jolly fellow (and hundreds like him) are spreading Yuletide cheer from behind plexiglass this year.

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