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New Jersey Youths Encouraged to Participate

NEWARK, NJ, June 27, 2002 -- NJ TRANSIT and the New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Commission are sponsoring the 2002 Hispanic Heritage Photography Contest in an effort to honor Hispanic Heritage Month. The theme of this year's observance is "VISIONES" -- Perspectives in Hispanic Culture. The contest encourages education and research of Hispanic culture, countries and history, and provides an opportunity for youths to creatively express their findings.

NJ TRANSIT is inviting youths throughout New Jersey, ages 8-13, to submit an original photograph, from their point of view, depicting an individual, place or event that represents an important part of Hispanic culture -- customs, people, food, music, art, dance, history, lifestyle.

Completed entries must be submitted to NJ TRANSIT and postmarked by Wednesday, July 31. Mail entries to NJ TRANSIT Corporation, One Penn Plaza East, Newark, NJ 07105-2246. Attn: Jocelyn Colclough. To receive a copy of the rules, or for more information, contact Jocelyn Colclough at 973-491-8275, or visit NJ TRANSIT's website at

The winners will receive prizes in levels of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention based on age category. An award ceremony, hosted by NJ TRANSIT, will be held to issue prizes, which include digital and 35mm cameras, donated by New Jersey corporations.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system, providing bus, rail and light rail services for 380,600 daily commuters on 238 bus routes, two light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 163 rail stations, 27 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.