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Huntington in Bloom announces photo contest winner

May. 16, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Breanna Shell's picture of a dogwood in bloom was the winner of the Best Bloomin' Street photo contest.

The contest is sponsored by Huntington in Bloom, which is an effort to help beautify Huntington to help win the America in Bloom contest.

Shell's photo was taken in Huntington's Southside neighborhood and was one of nearly 30 photos submitted for the contest.

"We were very pleased with the response to the contest and stunned by the quality of the photos," Thomas McChesney, chairman of the Huntington in Bloom Communications Committee, said in a release. "There were so photographs highlighting what a beautiful city we live in; deciding on a winner was nearly impossible," he said. The judges will automatically resubmit many of the photos not selected today to be judged in other categories.

Liz Hoffman's submission of urban cyclist and blogger Stacy Bisker received honorable mention.

The next category to be judged in the Huntington in Bloom photo contest is Best Bloomin' Trees. Photos will be accepted through May 24. The winner will be announced on May 24. Contestants are encouraged to submit photos of Huntington's trees, efforts to maintain trees, tree lawns and tree beds.

To be eligible, all photos must be submitted to the Huntington in Bloom Facebook page, www.facebook.com/huntingtoninbloom. Photos will be judged based on how well they illustrate the goals of Huntington in Bloom. Photos must be taken in Huntington.

Several local businesses have donated prizes for photo contest winners, including: 21 at the Frederick, Bottle and Wedge, Common Ground, Savannah's Restaurant, and The Red Caboose.

Photos in other categories will be accepted later this spring and summer. Between May 24 and June 6, contestants may submit photos in the Places of Worship in Bloom category to highlight the landscaping and floral displays at the city's churches, synagogue and mosque.

Between June 7 and 20, photos of gardens, landscaping and beautification efforts at people's homes will be accepted for the Best Bloomin' Yard category.

Between June 22 and July 5, the focus turns to businesses featuring photos of flower plantings, landscaping, signage, graffiti removal, and other cleanup efforts of area businesses for the Best Bloomin' Business category.

The contest wraps up with the "Best Bloomin' Public Space" category showcasing plantings, landscaping, and cleanup efforts of public parking lots and other public spaces.

For information about Huntington in Bloom, visit the organization's website at www.huntingtoninbloom.com or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/huntingtoninbloom. To volunteer on any Huntington in Bloom project, go to www.unitedwevolunteer.org or www.huntingtoninbloom.com/get-involved.