Show Us the Love: Winners of the I Love It Here Contest

They declared their affection for New Hampshire in photos and video and are richer for it.Proof of just how loved is our Granite State lies in the annual New Hampshire Dream Vacation Contest. Residents and visitors wanting to compete take a poster with the words, "I Love it Here!" and pose for photos at their favorite N.H. spots. The contest ran from June to the end of August.This year the folks at the state Division of Travel and Tourism Development who run the contest decided if a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth, well, even more than that. Along with photos, 15-second video could also be submitted this year.Winning the photo grand prize made Linda Adamczyk, of Simsbury, Conn., $2,500 richer while the winner of the video grand prize, Nathaniel Campbell of Center Harbor, won $1,000. Two other photographs and one video were awarded $500 each for winning the popular vote.Adamczyk, who has a summer house on Lake Todd, took her "I Love it Here" sign to her lakehouse, one of her favorite spots. The people in the photo are Adamczyk's husband, Chet, and their daughter, Christina."I took the picture here because I love the sunsets over the lake that face Mount Sunapee," says Adamczyk.The winner of the video contest, Campbell, used Story Land to show how fun New Hampshire can be. With his good friend, Kate, who convinced him to enter the contest, and her son Logan, they made it a goal to ride all of the attractions at Story Land in one day and tape their experiences.Campbell says he really enjoys shooting and editing movies, and he thinks it's smart to include a video component to the annual contest: "People can watch it and get a good sense of what there is to do in New Hampshire."
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