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Date of Issue: August 25, 2005

2005 'Top Notch' Photo Contest

Top Notch Photo Contest

TOP NOTCH:
'YEE HAAAA'
Grand Prize Winner

Jacob Talucci takes flight above the pool thanks to a launch from Uncle Nate in this "Kodak moment" snapped by Aunt Amelia. She will receive a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt, a bottle of wine from Anna Maria Island Liquor & Wine and a lunch certificate from Minnie's Beach Cafe. The photo will go into a pool with other weekly winners eligible for the contest grand-prize package, including $100 from The Islander, a $50 gift certificate from Mister Robert's Resortwear, a premium bottle of champagne from Time Saver, dinner for two at either the Sandbar, BeachHouse or MarVista, and framing of their winning entry from Decor Gallery and Framing.

Top Notch Photo Contest TOP NOTCH: 'Dripping Wet' final weekly winner
Susan Brownewell of Anna Maria captured granddaughter Kylie of Holmes Beach in a wild flip of water and hair near the Anna Maria City Pier to take the final weekly prize. Susan will receive a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt, a bottle of wine from Anna Maria Island Liquor & Wine and a lunch certificate from Minnie's Beach Cafe. The photo will go into a pool with other weekly winners for the contest grand-prize package, including $100 from The Islander, a $50 gift certificate from Mister Robert's Resortwear, a premium bottle of champagne from Time Saver, dinner for two at either the Sandbar, BeachHouse or MarVista, and framing of their winning entry from Decor Gallery and Framing.
Top Notch Photo Contest TOP NOTCH: 'Close Encounter' seventh weekly winner
This dangerously close encounter between alligator and heron was captured on by Tom Gross of West Lafayette, Ind., on a February visit to Myakka State Park. He will receive a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt, a bottle of wine from Anna Maria Island Liquor & Wine and a lunch certificate from Minnie's Beach Cafe. The photo will go into a pool with other weekly winners eligible for the contest grand-prize package, including $100 from The Islander, a $50 gift certificate from Mister Robert's Resortwear, a premium bottle of champagne from Time Saver, dinner for two at either the Sandbar, BeachHouse or MarVista, and framing of their winning entry from Decor Gallery and Framing.
Top Notch Photo Contest TOP NOTCH: 'Snack' sixth weekly winner
This wild green parrot photo was captured on a visit by Vic Baker of Zionsville, Ind., near the Anna Maria Island Club. He will receive a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt, a bottle of wine from Anna Maria Island Liquor & Wine and a lunch certificate from Minnie's Beach Cafe. The photo will go into a pool with other weekly winners eligible for the contest grand-prize package, including $100 from The Islander, a $50 gift certificate from Mister Robert's Resortwear, a premium bottle of champagne from Time Saver, dinner for two at either the Sandbar, BeachHouse or MarVista, and framing of their winning entry from Decor Gallery and Framing.
Top Notch Photo Contest TOP NOTCH: 'Day's End' fifth weekly winner
This spectacular sunset at the Manatee Public Beach fishing pier was captured by Donald Steffen of Palma Sola, Bradenton. He will receive a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt, a bottle of wine from Anna Maria Island Liquor & Wine and a lunch certificate from Minnie's Beach Cafe. The photo will go into a pool with other weekly winners eligible for the contest grand-prize package, including $100 from The Islander, a $50 gift certificate from Mister Robert"s Resortwear, a premium bottle of champagne from Time Saver, dinner for two at either the Sandbar, BeachHouse or MarVista, and framing of their winning entry from Decor Gallery and Framing.
Top Notch Photo Contest TOP NOTCH: 'On the Mountain' fourth weekly winner
Ed Chiles sent this fantastic nature shot taken on his travels and the Top Notch judges agreed that "it's a winner." He will receive a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt, a bottle of wine from Anna Maria Island Liquor & Wine and a lunch certificate from Minnie's Beach Cafe. The photo will go into a pool with other weekly winners eligible for the contest grand-prize package, including $100 from The Islander, a $50 gift certificate from Mister Robert's Resortwear, a premium bottle of champagne from Time Saver, dinner for two at Ooh La La! Bistro, and framing of their winning entry from Decor Gallery and Framing.
Top Notch Photo Contest 'We're FREE' Second photo winner
Brenda Twiss has captured the second of eight weekly prizes in The Islander's summer photo contest, "Top Notch." Twiss said the dogs broke free during a holiday photo shoot and the camera was, of course, handy. She will receive a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt, a bottle of wine from Anna Maria Island Liquor & Wine and a lunch certificate from Minnie's Beach Cafe. The photo will go into a pool with other weekly winners eligible for the contest grand-prize package, including $100 from The Islander, a $50 gift certificate from Mister Robert's Resortwear, a premium bottle of champagne from Time Saver and framing of their winning entry from Decor Gallery and Framing.
Top Notch Photo Contest 'Daddy left the hose on' first photo winner
Piroska Planck has captured the first weekly prize in The Islander’s summer photo contest, "Top Notch," with this "Kodak moment" of Alex Planck, who is almost 2. Piroska said "our grandson decided that after the flowers had enough to drink, it was his turn." She will receive a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt, a bottle of wine from Anna Maria Island Liquor & Wine and a lunch certificate from Minnie’s Beach Cafe. The photo will go into a pool with other weekly winners eligible for the contest grand-prize package, including $100 from The Islander, a $50 gift certificate from Mister Robert’s Resortwear and a premium bottle of champagne from Time Saver.

If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest you could win.

The Islander photo contest will publish weekly winning photos beginning June 29. Eight weekly winning pictures will be featured on the cover of The Islander and one snapshot will be a grand prize winner with prizes and gift certificates awarded by the newspaper and local merchants.

Weekly prizes include a “More Than a Mullet Wrapper” Islander T-shirt, a bottle of wine from Anna Maria Island Liquor & Wine and a lunch certificate from Minnie’s Beach Cafe. The grand-prize package includes $100 from The Islander, a $50 gift certificate from Mister Robert’s Resortwear and a premium bottle of champagne from Time Saver.

The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the contest with the next deadline July 1.

Judging begins by a selection of pictures that may include abstract photos, still life pictures, landscapes and scenics, candid unposed snapshots, action, holidays, humor and animal pictures. Nothing is overlooked, including great kid pics, sentimental moments and moments of personal triumph.

Send or deliver your favorites (no limits) weekly to Top Notch Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

Digital contest entries should be submitted in the original JPG format on CD or via e-mail to topnotch@islander.org. No retouching, enhancements or computer manipulation is allowed.

Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are published below. Please attach a photo contest label to each photo or CD you submit.

E-mail entrants must submit the label information in the text of the e-mail, one photo attachment per e-mail.

Photos without entry forms will be disqualified. Additional photo labels are available at the newspaper office or they may be copied.

How to enter

Please attach to photo and mail or deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach FL 34217. Please include all form information with digital photographs sent by e-mail in the message text and preferably the contestants last name on the "subject" line and send to:.topnotch@islander.org Please note on envelopes or subject line "Attention Top Notch Photo Contest."

NAME
ADDRESS
CITY
STATE
PHONE NO.
DATE PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
LOCATION PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
I have read the contest rules and affirm that this entry is in compliance with them.
SIGNATURE OF ENTRANT

'Top Notch Photo Contest Rules'

  1. The Islander Newspaper's Top Notch Photo Contest is strictly for amateur photographers. Amateur photographers are those who derive less than 5 percent of their income from photography.
  2. Black-and-white and color photographs taken after Jan. 1, 2003, are eligible. This allows for extended eligibility. Photos previously published (in any format/media) or entered in any Islander or other competitions are not eligible.
  3. Photographs may be taken with any make of camera. No retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permitted of negatives, prints or electronic photo files; no composite pictures or multiple printing will be accepted. Digital photos may be submitted in their original JPG file format (via e-mail or disk) or a printed photograph. Slide (transparency) photos are not accepted.
  4. Entrant's name, address and phone number must be written clearly, in ink, on the contest label and affixed to the back of each print, or listed similarily in the e-mail message along with the digital photo attachment. One e-mail per photo submission. Mail entries to The Islander Top Notch Photo Contest, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. E-mail digital entries to topnotch@islander.org.
  5. Entrants by their entry agree that The Islander may publish their pictures for local promotion. Entrants must be able to furnish the original negative or original digital image if requested by the contest editor. All photos submitted become the property of The Islander. Photos will not be returned. The Islander and contest sponsors assume no responsibility for negatives, diskettes, CDs or photo prints.
    Entrant must know the name and address of any recognizable persons appearing in the picture and those must be enclosed/attached with the entry.
  6. Employees of The Islander and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter the contest.
  7. Any taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners. Any cash prize won by a minor will be awarded to a parent or guardian. Prize rights are not transferable.

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