WAYNE – The inaugural “Wayne Through Your Eyes” Photo Contest concluded in late July and the votes were tallied before being released to the public Thursday afternoon.
The Wayne Area Economic Development Marking Committee was in search for new, “fresh” photos in the community.
Abby Schademann is the Marketing, Events and Tourism Coordinator with WAED. She said the group wanted to get a different perception of the area.
“Kind of tailor what our message is and what we want to really highlight is in the community,” said Schademann. “But, we were kind of thinking maybe a different perspective was a good idea. So, we opened it up to the public with a photo contest.”
The five categories were Recreation, Service in Wayne, Living in Wayne, Landmarks and Entertainment/Events as the contest ran through June 18 – July 20 and all photos were taken in Wayne County. Entries were sent through the Wayne, NE 68787 Facebook and Instagram direct message box.
Listed below are the winners of each category.
Service in Wayne: Lynn Poland – Rainbow World Kids participating in “Water Day” event.
Entertainment/Events: Bee Jay Young – picture looking south down Main Street.
Landmarks: Jen Claussen – snowy day in front of Swans for Men.
Recreation: Kathy Burke – kids playing on the WSC Nature Trail
Living in Wayne: Jade Olsufka – out in the country on a gravel road after storm with a rainbow.
Schademann added what she thought was interesting from the photo contest.
“Almost everybody that won they all submitted one, except one of the winners had submitted a few different options for us,” Schademann added. “So, I think that’s really neat that four out of the five winners had only one photo that they submitted overall.”
Chamber Bucks along with other different promotional items and bragging rights were awarded to each winner.
The group is working on getting another “Wayne Through Your Eyes” Photo Contest ready for around the Fall and Christmas time.
“Because Christmas there’s a lot of opportunities there and different events that are going on,” Schademann mentioned. “Just be sure to be watching our Facebook page and for our different emails that go out for that to be happening.”
For more information contact the office at 402-375-2240 or follow them on their three social media accounts. Facebook: Wayne, NE as well as Twitter/Instagram: Wayne, NE 68787
The Marketing Committee is made up of Melissa Urbanec (Chair), Jeaney Harris, Mick Kemp, Kaki Ley, Heather Reinhardt, Laura Robinett, Jennifer Sievers and Martina Swanson. Schademann and Executive Director for WAED, Luke Virgil also attend meetings. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Noon from Tacos and More.