Fall mural shot wins city photo contest

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Lauren Sawyer's photo of the Westbrook mural on Main Street was the first place winner in the City of Westbrook Photography Contest.

WESTBROOK — Lauren Sawyer has won the city’s photo contest with a shot of the Westbrook mural on Main Street.

The city received almost 80 entries in the City of Westbrook Photography Contest, according to Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tina Radel. The contest ran from mid-June through Sept. 30.

Radel announced the winners of the contest Monday night at a City Council meeting. All photos had to be taken within Westbrook city limits and were judged by five criteria: originality, technical excellence, composition, artistic merit and overall impact.

As the first place winner, Sawyer received a $100 gift card and a six-month, all-inclusive fitness and aquatics membership to the Westbrook Community Center. According to her online portfolio, Sawyer is a professional photographer who shoots weddings, portraits, events and nature. 

The second place winner of the contest was Scott Linscott for a photo of the Westbrook High School marching band. He received a $75 gift card. Andrew Sarazin, who won a $50 gift card, was the third place winner for a photo of the Dana Warp Mill and the Presumpscot River.

There were also five honorable mentions in the contest: Bob Doucette, Joseph Reynolds, Molly Braun, Joanne Minor and Allison Smyth.

According to Radel, the photos may be used by the city in print advertisements, postcards, posters, brochures, applications, television programs, videos and social media and on the city website. The city website was recently redesigned for aesthetic and functional reasons and was launched last week.

Radel said she was happy to see so many people participate in the contest and that it gave the city great material for promoting Westbrook.

“The contest was a great way to tap into the talents of our community, source new imagery for use in city publications, and engage the community in a positive way,” she said.

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or kgardner@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

Lauren Sawyer’s photo of the Westbrook mural on Main Street was the first place winner in the City of Westbrook Photography Contest.

Scott Linscott’s photo of the Westbrook High School marching band was the second place winner in the City of Westbrook Photography Contest.

Andrew Sarazin was the third place winner of the City of Westbrook Photography Contest with his photo of the Dana Warp Mill and the Presumpscot River.

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