NEWINGTON - There are not one – but two – competitions measuring the talent of amateur photographers in town this month.
The first is the Newington Chamber of Commerce’s Waterfall Picture Contest and challenges people to capture the best photograph of Mill Pond Falls. The deadline for submissions is this Thursday, Oct. 15 and the only requirement is photos be submitted in high-resolution.
“We’ve received six or seven submissions so far so we are thinking of extending the deadline,” Chamber Executive Director Leslie Civitello said Monday.
Mill Pond Falls is famously known by local residents as “the smallest natural waterfall in the United States.” While this claim has not actually been proven true, it does draw out-of-town visitors.
The waterfall itself, situated in Mill Pond Park along Garfield Street, remains a local legend and source of pride.
The chamber photo contest was held a few years back but re-launched this year to spark some fall frolicking.
“We’re just looking to get some community involvement and get people out there to take some pictures,” Civitello said.
Photos will be judged as early as next week on the chamber’s Facebook page, before a winner is announced around Oct. 22, pending the potential deadline extension.
The winner will have his or her image stretched onto canvas and it will also be featured on the chamber’s cover website and social media.
State Rep. Gary Turco, D-Newington, launched his own friendly competition Oct. 1, known as the #AutumnInNewington Photo Contest.
Turco is inviting residents to post pictures to social media that remind them of fall in the town of Newington. Submissions can be posted to Facebook or Instagram, tagging @StateRepTurco or emailed to the legislator at Gary.email@example.com.
The deadline for this one is Oct. 31.
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