And the winner is, Jasmine Lowey.
The I Love Colwood Selfie Contest has its grand prize winner. Lowey’s windswept hair and quaint smile, with the Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site in the background, was judged best among all entries and secured her an iPad.
“The I Love Colwood Selfie Contest was a fun way to show off our beautiful natural surroundings and the strong sense of community we enjoy here in Colwood,” said Mayor Carol Hamilton in an email.
“It was a great success, with thousands of votes on (the) images that were submitted. And we now have all those gorgeous smiling faces on display along the hallway at City Hall.”
University of Victoria graduate Lowey’s self portrait or “selfie,” accompanied by the words “Exploring the Fisgard lighthouse on a windy day,” beat out 81 other candidates featuring more than a dozen locations across Colwood from the Hatley Memorial Gardens, the Esquimalt Lagoon, Hatley Castle and a number of other parks across the municipality.
Five weekly winners won $20 gift cards for a variety of local businesses. The grand prize winner was selected from a group of 15 entries by Hamilton and Colwood’s chief administrative officer James Moller.
The rules stated the photographs had to be taken in Colwood, be a selfie with one or more faces and convey a positive energy and make you smile.