2008 ‘Top Notch’ Photo Contest

Top Notch Photo Contest

Top Notch fourth week and Grand Prize Winner: Taking the plunge

Mary Anne Keenan of Bradenton won the grand prize in The Islander’s annual Top Notch contest for this photo of ducklings anticipating a swim at Freedom Village. Keenan won $100 from the newspaper, plus a bevy of gifts from Islander advertisers, including certificates from the Jolly Roger, Tortilla Bay and Minnie’s, of Holmes Beach, and framing a photo from Karly Carlson Photography and Custom Framing of Cortez. Other photographers were weekly winners in the Top Notch contest — Suki Janisch, Craig Fisher, Don Lee, Kimberly Walters and Hannah Howell. The weekly winners received Islander “more-than-a-mullet wrapper” T-shirts and front-page placement of their photos.

/7-23-08/top-notch-6.jpg Sixth weekly winner: Top Notch ‘Drifting no more’
Craig Fisher of Bradenton is this week’s winner in the newspaper’s six-week-long Top Notch contest, winning front page placement for the photo and an Islander newspaper “more-than-a-mullet wrapper” T-shirt. Fisher’s entry – a photograph taken on Beer Can Island on north Longboat Key in April – will go into a pool of weekly winners eligible for the grand prize of $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gift certificates and other prizes from Islander advertisers. The grand prize winner will be announced in next week’s Islander.
/7-16-08/topnotch5-perlman.jpg Fifth weekly winner: Top Notch ‘Close encounter’
Don Lee of Springfield, Mo., is this week’s winner in the newspaper’s six-week-long Top Notch contest, winning front page placement for the photo and an Islander newspaper “more-than-a-mullet wrapper” T-shirt. Lee’s entry – a photograph of divers encountering a marine turtle in Belize – will go into a pool of weekly winners eligible for the grand prize of $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gift certificates and other prizes from Islander advertisers. The photograph was submitted by diver Irene Pearman, left, an Anna Maria resident.
/7-9-08/top-notch.jpg Fourth weekly winner: Top Notch ‘Taking the plunge’
Mary Anne Keenan of Bradenton is this week’s winner in the newspaper’s six-week-long Top Notch contest, winning front page placement for the photo and an Islander newspaper “more-than-a-mullet wrapper” T-shirt. Her entry – a photograph of ducklings anticipating a plunge into a storm drain at Freedom Village -will go into a pool of weekly winners eligible for the grand prize of $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gift certificates and other prizes from Islander advertisers.
/7-2-08/top-notch-07-02.jpg Third weekly winner: Top Notch ‘Green burst’
Suki Janisch of Holmes Beach is the third winner in the newspaper’s six-week-long Top Notch contest, winning front page placement for the photo and an Islander newspaper “more-than-a-mullet wrapper” T-shirt. The entry – a photograph of a palm frond in the Florida Keys – will go into a pool of weekly winners eligible for the grand prize of $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gift certificates and other prizes from Islander advertisers. from Islander advertisers
/6-25-08/TN-2-06-25.jpg Second weekly winner: Top Notch ‘Warm welcome’
Kimberly Walters of Bradenton is the second winner in the newspaper’s six-week-long Top Notch contest, winning front page placement for the photo and an Islander newspaper “more-than-a-mullet wrapper” T-shirt. Her entry – a photograph of Sienna Hope Walters at Manatee Memorial Hospital – will go into a pool of weekly winners eligible for the grand prize of $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gift certificates and other prizes from Islander advertisers.
/6-18-08/top-notch-1-6-18.jpg First weekly winner: Top Notch Slip-n-slide
Hannah Howell, 12, of Bradenton, is the first winner in the newspaper’s six-week-long Top Notch contest, winning front-page placement for the photo and an Islander newspaper “more-than-a-mullet wrapper” T-shirt. Hannah’s entry – a photograph of Henry Howell taking a wet ride on a lawn slide – will go into a pool of weekly winners eligible for the grand prize of $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gift certificates and other prizes from Islander advertisers