130. Reveal the Spring Break 2012 Photo Contest Winners

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First Place - "Baby's First Spring Break" by Emily Hernandez

A record breaking number of votes came in for our Spring Break 2012 photo contest and we’re excited to announce today that we have THREE WINNERS! 51 percent of the almost 600 votes cast were for a photo called “Baby’s First Spring Break” taken by local photographer, Emily Hernandez. Emily takes the top prize in our contest, for the second year in a row! And with a wee one in the family, the Hernandez family chose to celebrate spring break right here at home.

First Place – “Baby’s First Spring Break” by Emily Hernandez

The top prize in this year’s contest is a $50 gift card to spend at retail shops throughout Barrington that are among the 900+ members of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber president, Janet Meyer, says she’s thrilled to see the prize go to someone who planned a spring break staycation right here in the Barrington area. To see more of Emily’s photography, visit her website at EmilyHernandezPhotography.com.

The photo that scored second place, with 35 percent of the vote, is an image called “Close Encounters” taken by Laury Kossoff…

Laury is also in the professional photography business and is co-owner of a local company called Pizzazz Photo Booth that provides photo booths for charitable events and parties like weddings, reunions, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. For more information about Laury’s business, visit PizzazzPhotoBooth.com.  For Laury’s awesome grashopper photo, she wins a $25 gift card to spend at any of the many shops, salons or restaurants you’ll find at Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road in Deer Park.

Second Place – “Close Encounters” by Laury Kossoff

Our third place winner, with 6 percent of the vote, goes to photographer, Bridgett Caroll, for the beautiful image she captured called on her Jekyll Island, Georgia vacation called “Golden Isles Sunrise”.  Bridget also wins a $25 gift card to spend at the shops and restaurants you’ll find at the Ice House Mall, another popular local shopping destination.  You’ll find the Ice House Mall and Village Shops at 200 Applebee Street in the heart of Barrington, Illinois.

Third Place – “Golden Isles Sunrise” by Bridget Caroll

And I can’t help but share two more of my favorites from this year’s contest. This image, captured by photographer Kelly Katis, makes me hear the waves, feel the warmth and wish I were on a beach somewhere far, far from home.

“Flip Flop Still Life” by Kelly Katis in Naples, Florida

And this one, submitted by photographer Laura Lieske, makes me fast forward to a day when I’ll be snapping vacation pics of the guys in my family fresh off the fishing boat.

“You Should Have Seen the One that Got Away” by Laura Lieske

Thank you so much for submitting your beautiful images in this year’s Spring Break Photo Contest. I loved each and every picture and hope our winners enjoy the generous prizes offered by the Barrington Chamber of Commerce, Deer Park Town Center and Barrington’s Ice House Mall. I will be in touch with each winner this week to make arrangements for you to receive your prize.  In the meantime, please keep those cameras clicking because you never know when or why we’ll feature our next photo contest here at 365Barrington.com. Here’s one last look at the gallery from this year’s contest and the impressive work of a talented bunch!

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