Ferndale, N.Y. – The Sullivan County Visitors Association’s Winter Wonderland Photo Contest came to a successful close on Feb. 1, with over 129 photos submitted and 2,184 votes cast online.
The contest also greatly improved exposure of the SCVA and the Sullivan County Catskills online contributing a 50% increase in website traffic year over year. Referral traffic from Facebook was up over 200%, and the average daily reach of SCVA posts increased during the contest period to nearly 1,500, from 906 in November.
“We couldn’t believe the incredible response that this contest evoked,” SCVA President Roberta Byron-Lockwood said. “We were impressed with the results from the Fall Foliage Photo Contest, and this one was even better!”
Earning an astonishing 451 votes, Livingston Manor Veterinarian Luann Steele came in First Place with her beautiful picture of Livingston Manor Central School. Steele took the shot one morning when she was dropping off her children at school.
“People must have thought I was crazy getting out of my car on the side of the road when it was -1 degrees outside, but I couldn’t resist,” said Steele. “Northern Sullivan County is a really beautiful area and it is easy for those of us who live here to take it for granted, especially when it is so cold!”
Close behind were Charlie Maloney, Ben Koerner, and Kevin Kreischer, who came in Second, Third, and Fourth Place respectively.
All contest winners were awarded various prizes contributed by seven different SCVA member businesses. Those businesses included Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, The Country Bum’kin Antiques, Natural Contents Kitchen, WSUL, WVOS, and Morgan Outdoors.
“The SCVA wants to offer a huge thank you to all our sponsors and our entrants, all of whom helped make Winter Wonderland such a success,” Byron-Lockwood said.
Explore all of the submissions by visiting the Sullivan County Visitors Association’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SullivanCountyCatskills.