The Lincoln County News received more than 2,500 entries in its inaugural reader photo contest. Now, it will be up to readers to decide which of the 12 finalists will win the 2017 #LCNme365 photo contest.
“We started the photo contest to encourage readers to interact with the newspaper both in print and online, and to bring more of the natural beauty of Lincoln County to our readers,” LCN Editor J.W. Oliver said. “The contest has been a success on both counts, and we are looking forward to the finale. May the best photo win!”
Readers entered photos in the contest throughout the year by either emailing them to email@example.com or including #LCNme365 in photo captions on Instagram.
A panel of judges from the LCN staff selected a winner each week, which was posted on the Lincoln County News Instagram account every Wednesday. At the end of each month, readers chose the photo of the month from the weekly winners via a poll at lcnme.com/photo-contest.
Robert “Bob” Kausch, of Littleton, Colo. and Chamberlain, won the January contest with a shot of the Milky Way above the bell tower at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park. Sharon Gamage, of Woolwich, snapped a photo of a Damariscotta sunrise and won the February contest, while Bristol resident Laurie Mahan won the March contest with a photo of the Damariscotta River.
Savannah Wotton, of Waldoboro, snapped a photo of the town’s old button factory to win April’s contest. Rebekah “Becky” Wilson, of Jefferson, won the May contest with a photo of her daughter’s kitten playing with a string. Wiscasset resident Kate Bryant won the June contest with a shot of her dog, Kentucky.
Lynn Rice Scozzafava, of Torrington, Conn., won the July contest with a photo of a sunset in Damariscotta. In August, Damariscotta resident Jim Cosgrove won the contest with a shot of a foggy morning in Riverside Park, while Bristol resident Kristin Orne secured victory in September with a photo of a double rainbow over a barn.
Brendan Odom, of Bow, N.H., was the year’s final winner with a photo of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park at sunrise.
In addition to having their photo appear on the front page, each winning photographer also received a $50 gift certificate to a local business from the contest’s monthly sponsor.
The sponsors for 2017 were King Eider’s Pub, of Damariscotta; JM Automotive, of Newcastle; Van Lloyd’s Bistro, of Damariscotta; SugarSpell Sweets, of Damariscotta; Smitten Collectibles & Nerdy Treasures, of Damariscotta; Coastal Car Wash, of Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta; Riverside Butcher Co., of Damariscotta; Long Winter Soap Co., of Waldoboro; Renys; Split Rock Distilling, of Newcastle; Damariscotta Bank & Trust; and Louis Doe Home Center, of Newcastle.
Lincoln County Publishing Co., of Newcastle, is the sponsor of the annual contest. Lincoln County Publishing Co. publishes The Lincoln County News.
Starting Wednesday at noon, readers can go to lcnme.com/photo-contest to cast their vote for their favorite of the monthly winners. Each person is allowed one vote.
Whichever photo has the most votes at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 2 will be declared the winner of the 2017 #LCNme365 photo contest. The winning photographer will receive a prize package of products featuring the winning photo, including decks of playing cards, postcards, and a framed print.
In addition, the winner will receive a one-year subscription to The Lincoln County News and a 2018 calendar featuring the monthly winners of the contest.
With some behind-the-scenes tweaks and changes, the #LCNme365 photo contest will return in 2018. Entries are already being accepted.
For complete contest rules and to see previous entries and winners, go to lcnme.com/photo-contest.