Chester County Planning Commission’s photo contest, Show Us Your Favorite Place in Chester County, set out to engage the public in the development of Landscapes3, the county’s next Comprehensive Plan. From the county’s working agricultural lands to its urban main streets, participants shared 375 favorite places. The contest was intended to get a different view on what places are valued in Chester County, and the perspectives offered were varied but still quintessential Chester County – open space, farmland, farm stands, main streets and side streets, community parks, streams and lakes, historic buildings, community events, walking trails, and bridges.
After thoughtful consideration and a final determination by the Planning Commission Board, the winning images have been selected. The Planning Commission offers its congratulations to the first place prize winner, Lee Schlingmann for her entry titled Beautiful Doe Run Valley. She has won a Dansko gift package valued at $250. Kathryn Mims came in second place with her photograph titled Fall in Chester County and has won a $150 gift card from Longwood Gardens. Carol Slocum came in third place with her entry titled Bubbling Joy and will enjoy four passes to the Brandywine River Museum and the Millstone Café.
While only three photos are winning entries, the quality of submissions ensures that many of the images could turn up on the Chester County Planning Commission’s website or in the new County Comprehensive Plan, Landscapes3. The Planning Commission thanks all of the contest participants and Dansko, Longwood Gardens, and the Brandywine River Museum and Millstone Café for supporting the contest with their prizes. The contest was a great success – check the website for a new contest later in 2017 and for updates on the development of Landscapes3.