Celebrating Belfast ~ Places & Play! All of Belfast: Climate Dialogues 2022 Photo Contest

Announcing the winners!

Congratulations to our winners! And thank you to everyone who participated (we had 35 great submissions). Amy Tingle of Waterfall Arts, our contest judge, expressed that she "loved looking at Belfast through the lens of others." Thank you Amy!

1st Place Winner, "Places" category in ABCD 2022 photo contest: Misty Morning by Daniel Hanscome
1st Place Winner, "Places" category: Misty Morning by Daniel Hanscome
1st Place Winner, "Play" category in ABCD 2022 photo contest: Walking on the Beach by Grace Murdock
1st Place Winner, "Play" category: Walking on the Beach by Grace Murdock
2nd Place (overall) in ABCD 2022 photo contest: Top of the Morning by Kimberly Snyder Sterrs
2nd Place (overall): Top of the Morning by Kimberly Snyder Sterrs
3rd Place (overall) in ABCD 2022 photo contest: Bike Rack, Belfast Soup Kitchen by Turil Cronburg
3rd Place (overall): Bike Rack, Belfast Soup Kitchen by Turil Cronburg


The ABCD project and the Belfast Free Library invite you to submit photos of your favorite Belfast-area places… and your favorite ways to enjoy them!

Share your photos of the things you love most about Belfast and our corner of Maine… What activities and places bring you joy and gratitude? Look around you, and be inspired.

Sunset tugboats outside Nautilus in Belfast Maine
“This sunset photo of the tugboats was taken from the Nautilus patio after a big band of thunderstorms narrowly missed us. I feel so fortunate to work in this amazing spot right on the water ~ it is beautiful in all seasons!” Photo by Misty Mallar, July 2019

Contest theme

Submissions can be photos from past and present-day. We’ll judge in two categories:

PLACES - Gathering places, scenic views, hidden gems, favorite spots to visit and enjoy your surroundings. Think about natural places and man-made spots alike!

PLAY - Walking, beach-going, reading, dancing, gardening, dining, curling, creating or seeing art, boating, music, festivals, hiking, biking, live theater, shopping, movie-going, farmers markets, community events, family & friend traditions, and so many more possibilities!

How to submit your photo

  1. Review the Contributor Agreement. By submitting, you agree to these contest terms. 
  2. Send us your digital photo (high resolution preferred) by email at [email protected] and put “Photo contest” in the Subject line.
  3. Tell us the date (or approximate date) photo was taken.
  4. Share a brief caption / description of why this photo represents one of your favorite Belfast-area places or activities!

If you need assistance submitting your photo digitally, please email Brenda Harrington at [email protected].

Deadline for submission: Friday, July 15th, 2022

Prizes and judging

1st Prize (one will be awarded in each category - Place and Play) - $50 gift certificate for a Belfast-area business who is all about PLAY and PLACE! Your choice:

  1. Waterfall Arts class
  2. Colonial Theatre
  3. Wild Cow Creamery 
  4. Nautilus Seafood & Grill
  5. The Back and Forth

We will print and hang the winning submissions in a temporary exhibit in the Belfast Free Library. When the exhibit is done, the winners will be given their printed photos. 

2nd & 3rd Prizes - $25 gift certificate to one of the above businesses; your choice.

All winning photos will be shared on the Library and ABCD websites, Instagram and Facebook with congratulations!

Amy Tingle
Photo credit: Chris Battaglia

Photo submissions will be judged by Amy Tingle. Amy relocated to Maine from New Jersey in April of 2020. She’s a practicing fine artist, editor, and writer. In 2010 she founded Brave Girls Art, a creative workshop series for girls and women, which was folded into the small business she began with her wife in 2013—The Creativity Caravan, an organization whose mission was to design and facilitate creative programs across the United States. Most recently she co-founded the small press Toad Hall Editions and acts as their Creative Director. Currently Amy is the Program Director at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, Maine.

Other contest rules and terms of use

Short version (read the full Contributor Agreement here) - by submitting an image, you certify that: 

  • You are 18-years of age or older (if you aren’t, get someone who is to submit on your behalf!).
  • You agree to give the Belfast Free Library rights to use your image in print or online.
  • You have received permission to share from all the people in your image who might be recognized in it.

All of Belfast: Climate Dialogues began in 2020 as a grant-funded project to facilitate conversations among a broad cross-section of the Belfast community about climate change. The ABCD project became a presence in the community, establishing the Library as a source for information and a gathering place for conversation about the climate crisis and community response. From 2020-2023, ABCD held over 35 educational programs & community conversations engaging well over 1,000 people. The Library will continue to offer educational programming on topics around the climate crisis; and will continue supporting citizens to take action.

This project of the Belfast Free Library was made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS grant number: APP-246100-OLS-20). Contact: [email protected].