Thursday, December 17, 2009

Historic Federal Street Image Wins Destination Salem Photography Contest!

More than 170 images were submitted and nearly 200 people voted in the first annual competition for the cover of the Salem Visitor Guide

An image of the historic brick sidewalk and fencing along Federal Street taken by Jane Stauffer of Salem, Massachusetts, has won Destination Salem’s first annual photography contest. The image will be featured on the cover of the 2010 Salem Visitor Guide, which is distributed internationally to promote travel and tourism to Salem.

More than 160 images were submitted to the contest, which ran from July until December 2009. Destination Salem’s marketing committee selected seven images that were posted on and on Destination Salem’s Facebook page for a public vote. Nearly 200 people voted, and Stauffer’s image won with 36% of the vote.

An image of The House of the Seven Gables taken by Lisa Poehler of Springfield, Massachusetts, took second place with 32% of the vote. 24% of the vote and third place went to an image of the Tall Ship Friendship of Salem, which was taken by Len Burgess of Danvers, MA.

Destination Salem plans to use many of the images submitted to the contest in its visitor guide and on in 2010. "The caliber of images submitted was excellent,” says Destination Salem executive director Kate Fox, “We really wanted to see Salem through our visitors’ perspective, and the contest has allowed us to do just that. We will now share that perspective with future visitors through our 2010 publications.”

Destination Salem will produce 300,000 visitor guides in 2010. They will be distributed to domestic and international consumers through direct mail, visitor centers, hotels, trade shows, and conferences. An electronic version of the guide will be downloadable on, the official tourism web site for the City of Salem.

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