Trenton Health Team today congratulates winners of the first annual #WhyILikeTrenton photo contest–including a newcomer to the city, a Trenton native, and a charter school student–and invites the public to an exhibition of images celebrating our Capital City. (See Trenton Daily story here)

THT ran the photo contest throughout April to share pride in our city by highlighting Trenton’s assets and talent. The contest attracted more than 50 photos, with prizes awarded for #MostLikes, as well as to favorite photos selected by local celebrities mural artist Leon Rainbow, Harlem Globetrotter La’Keisha Sutton and fashion influencer Sino Lawery (Splash_Lifetstye).

THT is proud to showcase #WhyILikeTrenton contest photos in a public exhibit throughout June at Base Camp Trenton, 247 E. Front Street, and invites the public to meet photographers and judges at the Trenton First Friday Opening Reception 5-8 pm June 7.

Trenton Health Team Executive Director Gregory Paulson awarded the prize for #MostLikes to Adam Nawrot, for his action photo of a Trenton bicycle polo player receiving nearly 400 “likes.” Nawrot, who recently moved into Mill Hill, is a filmmaker and photographer who operates Safe Harbor Creative, a production company.

“The vibrant cycling community is one of those often-overlooked Trenton treasures,” Paulson said. “Adam’s photos–and others in the contest of neighbors, architecture, history or street scenes–showcase the many assets our city has to offer.”

Trenton native Habiyb Ali Shu’Aib (Beloved1 on Instagram) received prizes for photos of a street vendor and a happy young man chosen as favorites by Rainbow and Lawery. Starting with a disposable camera at age 9, he now shares a passion for the streets through his photos. Judges said his photos captured the spirit of Trenton–working hard, having fun and making the community better.

FanFavorite11 Sutton’s favorite photo of girlfriends on the playground was submitted by Foundation Academy seventh-grader Dyshae Ramos. This photo captures the friendship among these girls, their positive attitude and support for one another, Sutton said.

Contest winners received $200–$100 to keep and $100 to donate to a local nonprofit of their choice. Winners selected Trenton Cycling RevolutionArtworks and Foundation Academy.

“Trenton Health Team is focused on helping Trenton residents live healthy, happy lives,” said Paulson. “While the city faces challenges, we also see creativity, resilience, caring, family and fun in this community. Thanks to all the photographers, judges and Base Camp Trenton for celebrating that.”

Click here to see a photo gallery all the wonderful contest photos showing #WhyILikeTrenton.