County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
July 11, 2019

County Photographer wins national award
Michael J. Colarusso awarded for creative excellence

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented a certificate of recognition to Michael J. Colarusso, County Photographer, for winning the 2nd Place 2019 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award for Photographer’s Portfolio from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC).

“I know I can speak for the entire Board when I say that we are so proud of Mike for winning this national award—and also for being the only award winner from New Jersey in the entire competition,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Information and Tourism. “Mike is such a deserving professional who puts his heart and soul into his work. You can see his passion through the photos he takes as he captures important moments of Monmouth County history and its beautiful landscapes.”

Colarusso received the second place award for his photograph of the chair swing ride at the Keansburg Amusement Park in Keansburg. The photo has appeared in numerous Monmouth County Tourism online and print advertisements.

Each year, NAGC offers this communication awards program to recognize superior government communication products and those who produce them. According to their website, the principal purpose of NAGC is to advance communication as an essential professional resource at every level of local, state, tribal and national government while advocating, promoting and recognizing excellence in government communication.

To see more photos taken by Michael J. Colarusso, make sure to follow Monmouth County Government on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @MonmouthGovNJ.
Left to right: Freeholder Gerry P. Scharfenberger, Ph.D., Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, Michael J. Colarusso, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Susan M. Kiley

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