Hundreds of readers submitted thousands of photos to The Lincoln County News’ reader photo contest in its second year. Now it will be up to readers to decide which of the 12 finalists will win the 2018 #LCNme365 photo contest.
Readers entered the contest throughout the year by emailing pictures to email@example.com or by tagging The Lincoln County News and including #LCNme365 in the caption of photos posted on Instagram.
Judges of the LCN staff selected a winner each week, which was posted on the Instagram account of The Lincoln County News every Wednesday. At the end of each month, readers chose the photo of the month from weekly winners via a poll at lcnme.com/photo-contest.
Stacy Bettencourt, of Jefferson, won the January contest with a photo of a blue jay in her backyard. Scott MacMaster, of Dresden, won the February contest with a photo of a horse-drawn wagon ride at Goranson Farm in Dresden. Dennis Boyd, of Damariscotta, won the March #LCNme365 photo contest with his shot of Parsons Creek in Edgecomb.
Mary Myrick, of Cape Cod, Mass., won the April photo contest with her shot of Patti Hamilton, of Hamilton Farm in Whitefield, being swarmed by baby goats. Maria Genthner, of Damariscotta, won the May #LCNme365 photo contest with her picture of Honeymoon Island on Pemaquid Pond at sunrise. Krista Hilton Hatch, of Newcastle, won the June photo contest with her picture of a barn on West Hamlet Road in Newcastle at sunset.
Kelsey Kobik, of Portland, won the July contest with a photo of a horse at Goranson Farm in Dresden. Lacey Fuller, of Damariscotta, won the August contest with a photo of a cloud formation over Damariscotta. Dick Morrison, of Boothbay Harbor, received the most votes with his photo of boats in the harbor on a foggy day to become the September winner of the contest.
Hope Prentice, of Bristol, received the most votes with her photo of fall foliage to win the October contest. Buddy Poland, of Round Pond, won the November contest with his photo of Round Pond Harbor. Chris Carter, of Nobleboro, won the December contest with his photo of a sunrise in New Harbor.
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 2018 were Sea Smoke Shop, of Damariscotta; Rising Tide Community Market, of Damariscotta; JM Automotive, of Newcastle; Newcastle Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Viper, of Newcastle; Metcalf’s Submarine Sandwiches, of Damariscotta; Wicked Scoops, of Damariscotta; Riverside Butcher Co., of Damariscotta; Newcastle Publick House, of Newcastle; Farrin Properties, of Damariscotta; Coastal Car Wash and Detail Center, of Damariscotta; Damariscotta Bank & Trust, of Damariscotta; and Louis Doe Home Center, of Newcastle.
Lincoln County Publishing Co., of Newcastle, is the sponsor of the annual contest. The family-owned print shop publishes The Lincoln County News.
Starting at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 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 received the most votes when the poll closes at 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 will be declared the winner of the 2018 #LCNme365 photo contest. The winning photographer will receive a prize package of products featuring their photo, including decks of playing cards, postcards, notecards, and a framed print.
In addition, the winner will receive a one-year subscription to The Lincoln County News and an exclusive 2019 calendar featuring all of the monthly winners.
The #LCNme365 photo contest will return in 2019. Entries are already being accepted.
For complete contest rules and to see previous entries and winners, go to lcnme.com/photo-contest.