By Charlene Ferranti, South County Tourism Council
Winners of the South County Tourism Council's 12th Annual South County Photo Contest were recently announced during a reception at the South County Museum.
More than 330 entries were received capturing the essence of South County’s 449 square mile tourism region. The winning photographs, along with several honorable mentions, will remain on display in the Museum's Metz Exhibit Building through Sept. 11.
Julie Ladd of South Kingstown won first place with her photo "Winter Wonderland"; second place was awarded to Steve Wood; third place to Ingrid Mathews, and runners-up Ingrid Mathews, Eric Wertheimer, and Steve Wood.
Myrna George, president and CEO of South County Tourism Council, observed during the presentation of awards; “The people who love South County are some of the most gifted photographers. Our newest tourism ambassadors really shined through with compelling photography of ‘their’ South County.”
Award-winning photographer, Selena Millard judged the contest. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island, and is an artist member of the South County Art Association.
The South County Tourism Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the towns of Charlestown, Coventry, East Greenwich, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, West Greenwich and Westerly as a single leisure travel destination known as “South County”. Click here to learn more about the Council at www.southcountyri.com.
Pictured above: Newest “Stars” of the 12th Annual South County Photo Contest. Back row – Ted Watson, Marc Stuart, Julia Hopkins, Steve Wood, Andrea Tomasso, Ashley Portillo, Michelle Beauregard, Ingrid Mathews, Anna Godwin, Sara Wilson, Bridget Beauchaine. Front row – John Woodmansee, Kelsey Swanson, Dale Loomis, Judi Wood, Victoria Dority, Suzy Heffernan, Bridget Murray, Amy Martira. Credit: Charlene Ferranti.