December 2023: Cover Search 2023 Winners
Photography is a powerful medium, one that we celebrate at New Jersey Monthly in every issue of the magazine. But no issue honors the photographers of the Garden State and the images they capture quite like our December edition.
Every year since 2018, the magazine, in partnership with Unique Photo, has hosted a contest to find a reader-submitted image to grace the December cover. The photograph can be taken by an amateur, student or professional photographer and must represent life here in New Jersey. This year, we received 1,310 entries.
The editorial team at NJM, in conjunction with Unique and our carefully chosen panel of expert judges, reviewed each and every submission before choosing the grand-prize winner (whose image you see on this month’s cover) and runner-up, and bestowing 10 awards of excellence and 25 honorable mentions.
Molli Dowd’s Basking Ridge-based company, Edible Estates, sells custom, luxury gingerbread houses and DIY kits that would wow Willy Wonka.Read more
Captivating novels and nonfiction volumes by Jersey authors—or about Jersey stories—for all the bibliophiles on your list.Read more
An Englewood bird enthusiast started the event, which has since gained global traction, in 1900. This year’s Jersey count will take place December 14-January 5.Read more
Jimmy Scalia lovingly preserves the legacy of the pop legend, who died 50 years ago this December.Read more
The Shirelles’ Beverly Lee and the Angels’ Peggy Santiglia Ricker also shared their stories in But Will You Love Me Tomorrow?, a recently released oral history.Read more
Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino gets candid about everything from his drug addiction to his time in prison to his relationship with his wife, Lauren.Read more
See the stunning results of our annual search for local photographers’ best images.Read more
This curious subculture has evolved from deer heads in hunting lodges to more artistic oddities that are often playful, sometimes creepy and frequently beautiful.Read more
HOME & GARDEN
EAT & DRINK
Customers clamor each year to enjoy these pop-up bars’ whimsical drink specials and gloriously kitschy decorations.Read more
The pocket-sized relic is a portrait of his younger self, as well as of the journalism industry nearly half a century ago.Read more