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Faces and Places Photo Contest Winners Announced

Posted March 11, 2015 by Georgia's Rome in Uncategorized

Faces and Places photo contest Winners Announced

ROME, GA. — The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) announces the winners for the 2015 Faces and Places photo contest. The winners of the photo contest were awarded in three categories: Best Professional Photo – Melanie Abney; Best Amateur Photo – Gigi Gonsalves; and People’s Choice Photo – Helen Cox.

The photo contest took place from January until February with online voting throughout the first week of March. Fans of the Georgia’s Rome Facebook Fan Page were able to vote for their favorite photos through likes, comments, and shares.

Photo Credit: Melanie Abney

Photo Credit: Melanie Abney

Abney’s photo, winner for the professional category, captures a participant in action during the Tumor Trooper Run which was hosted at the Richard B. Russell Airport summer of 2014. “I love this picture because it embodies the strength of the citizens and community of Rome and Floyd County, and it shows the support that we have here for those fighting cancer,” says Abney.

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Photo Credit: Gigi Gonsalves

Winner of the amateur category, Gigi Gonsalves entered her photo that shows a boy exploring the beauty of Rome’s rivers by walking over the pedestrian bridge in downtown Rome.

The People’s Choice Photo is the final category of the Faces and Places photo contest. This category encouraged viewers to get involved with the Georgia’s Rome Facebook page. Entrants’ photos were uploaded, and the one with the most likes, comments, and shares combined earned the title of the People’s Choice award.

Helen Cox’s photo, which showed a local Roman smiling in the surroundings of the Ford Buildings in Berry College, received a total of 530 likes, comments, and shares combined. This attention has earned her the People’s Choice Photo.

All winners will have their photos framed and displayed at Greene’s Jewelers located at 328 Broad St, Rome, GA 30161. A reception will be held at this location on Thursday, March 26th from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Helen Cox

Photo Credit: Helen Cox

The GRCVB and Greene’s Jewelers invites the public to view the Faces and Places photo contest winners. This is an opportunity for the public to socialize with the photographers, hear about their inspirations behind their photos, and enjoy light refreshments.

Honorable mention photographers include: Greg McCary, Amara Dempsey, and Adrienne Forgette.

Winners and honorable mentions will be featured on the Georgia’s Rome website at and all entrants will have the opportunity to have their work publicized and credited in Georgia’s Rome publications in order to promote tourism within Rome and Floyd County.

“We selected these three photographers because they truly understood the concept and theme of the photo contest,” says Sales Coordinator, Shelby Farrer. “We enjoyed seeing how they incorporated faces within the places in Rome, Georgia into their photos.”

The Faces and Places photo contest was sponsored by the GRCVB and Greene’s Jewelers. For more information on community contest and events, visit



The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Ga. The GRCVB’s mission is to strengthen the economic prosperity of the community through tourism development by attracting leisure travelers, conventions, meetings, sports and events.

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