Long Realty is excited to announce the winners and completion of the second annual ‘Why I Love Arizona’ photo contest. The contest provided Arizonans an opportunity to submit their best photo to one of ten categories and compete for prizes.
“We received so many outstanding submissions this year that it was difficult to narrow down 850 photos to just the top finalists,” says Kevin Kaplan, Long Realty Vice President of Marketing & Technology. “These winners are truly deserving and have made us aware of many new reasons why we love Arizona.”
Winning submissions were chosen through online public voting, with over 33,000 votes cast. We proudly congratulate Adam Ratesic for winning the $1,926 grand prize with his submission titled I Love the Grand Canyon. He submitted a beautiful image of himself sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon staring at the distant picturesque scenery. A special recognition goes to Bill Wagner for the winning photo in the Long Realty Agent/Employee submission category. Bill is a sales associate with Long Realty West Valley in Anthem, Arizona, and won $1,926 for his submission entitled Reflections on Oak Creek.
Grand Prize winner Adam Ratesic (left) with Kevin Kaplan, Long Realty VP Marketing and Technology
Agent/Employee winner Bill Wagner (right) with Jim Larkin, Long Realty VP Franchise Operations
The contest winners of each category are as follows:
Animals/Wildlife – Axel Elfner
Buildings/Landmarks – Melissa Holland
Community Events – David Graff
Employee/Agent – Bill Wagner
Flowers/Cactus – Tiffany Fleckenstein
Flagstaff Altitude – Patrick McCarthy
Miscellaneous – Jessica Nelson
People – Adam Ratesic
Sports/Action – Travis Kolter
Sunset/Sunrise – Summer Driggs
Weather – James Schrimpf
Long Realty appreciates the dedication and contributions from our contest sponsors in this outstanding effort. Thank you Truly Nolen, Rancho Sahuarita, GEO Advertising & Marketing, News 4 KVOA, Arizona Daily Star, Horizon Moving Systems, Cherry Landscape Inc., Cox Communications, Cirrus Visual, 93.7 KRQ, 790 KNST, 92.9 My Tucson, Hot 98.3, Radio Tejano and 1450 La Preciosa.
Long Realty is donating $1 to the Long Realty Cares Foundation for every photo that was submitted to the contest, and has increased their donation even further to a total of $1,000. The Long Realty Cares Foundation, created in 2002, has raised more than 2 million dollars for over 170 Arizona charities.
For more information about the contest or to view the rest of the winning photos, visit http://whyilovearizona.com.