Monday, August 24, 2009

This Just In!

Received in my email this morning ...
8th Annual South County Tourism Council’s Photo Contest Winners Awarded!

The South County Tourism Council’s 8th Annual Photo Contest winners were unveiled on August 20th at the Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston , during a wine and cheese reception and presentation of cash prizes totaling over $1,000. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and 5 Runners Up were awarded. 10 Honorable Mentions were also recognized.

Stephen Wood won first place with “Clay Motion” taken in North Kingstown . Judi Wood won second place with “Westerly Library” taken in Westerly . Third place winner, Sybil Hebb, captured, “Lola At The Beach” in Westerly . Listed alphabetically, the 5 Runners Up were Michael Gocha, Linda Orlomoski, John Pitocco, Stephen Wood, and Ingrid Mathews. Photographers who had received “Honorable Mentions” were Eric Wertheimer, Judi Wood, Marc Jaffe, Michael Gocha, Alex MacLeod, Tammy Anderson, John Pitocco, Stephen Wood, and Franca Cirelli. Photographs will remain on display at the Courthouse Center for the Arts until September 10th.

Deb Stallwood, of Charlestown , photographer and board member to the Courthouse Center for the Arts, was challenged to judge this years contest winners from 416 photographs submitted.

Myrna George, President of South County Tourism Council said, “We are inspired by the creativity presented by the entrants in the Eighth Annual South County Tourism Council Photo Contest. Capturing the beauty within our communities of Charlestown , Coventry , East Greenwich, Exeter , Hopkinton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Richmond , South Kingstown, Westerly and West Greenwich is the joy of our promotional planning. This year’s photographs are a true reflection of the love shared by many residents and visitors for this special place we call home.”

Jennifer E. Cantoni
Marketing Coordinator
South County Tourism Council
I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about this as it's the first photography contest I've ever entered and I had hoped beyond hope to capture one of the Runner-Up spots and I did! Of course, it would have been nice to have been told about it before the wine-and-cheese reception but that's okay because I'm still uber excited that I won a Runner-Up spot out of 416 photographs submitted.

Gee, guess I'll have to take a drive over to the Photo Show while they're having it and see which picture won as I'm not even sure which one it was!


Just found out that it was this photo that won and I have to admit, it was one of my favorites!


  1. i KNEW it!!! keep us posted on which one it was. woo hoo!

    smiles, bee

  2. Way to go Linda. I'm not surprised one bit. All of us have been telling you for a very long time how very well you take photographs. You're a natural. A great big congratulations.

    Have a terrific day and week. Big hug. :)

  3. Woohoo, well done Linda! I'm not suprised - your photos are excellent. :)

  4. CONGRATULATIONS!!! We all knew you were that talented. Perhaps now you will enter more contests. That was a great picture to win the contest too.

  5. Very exciting and don't knock yourself down, runner up is thoroughly commendable in my book.

  6. Well done, Linda.A fine and colourful picture. You have a real skill.

  7. Anonymous4:24 PM EDT

    WOO HOO... You're famous.
    Can I have your autograph?

  8. Woo Hoo! I keep saying you should be a photo travel journalist! Can I have your autograph on a print so one day when it's worth eleventy billion dollars I can retire?

  9. Woohoo...I remember that pic when it was posted and loved it! Hey, Barb, that's a great idea! I'll get in line for an autographed print...

  10. This is great news!!!!!!

  11. Yippee, Congratulations, and WAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! It is a wonderful photograph. Now to take a major prize next year. Eventually we will be able to say we knew you when.

  12. Why am I not totally surprised? I am overjoyed for you!!! Now, believe your supporters and believe in yourself and go for the gold!!!

  13. Woohoo! Congratulations dear Linda!! I can see why that picture won, it's stunning with all those bright colours!! I'm so proud of you:-) xoxo

  14. atta girl.

    go over to where they are displayed with Amanda or someone and have them take your photo next to your entry!

    Maybe the balloon festival will want to use it next year in their collateral?

    well done!!

  15. So does this mean that the two hanging in my house are going to dramatically increase in monetary value? Oh dear, perhaps I should get insurance?

  16. Congratulations, your photos are always great. You inspire me maybe I really should get in gear and enter some of my photos. I know I have an add somewhere around here....

  17. Congrats! Not surprised either. It was just a matter of time!


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