By BRIAN FERRY
A picture is worth a thousand words.
So, how many votes is a picture worth?
And which picture is worth a vote?
Over the past two months, talented photographers submitted hundreds of photos for the inaugural Times Observer Scenes of Warren County calendar contest.
A panel of Times Observer judges scoured through all those photos, selecting 13 finalists based on subject matter, color, lighting, and composition. In order to make the scenes appropriate to the months in which they will appear, the judges took seasons into account in breaking ties.
Some beautiful photos didn't make the cut.
"It was difficult to narrow all the wonderful submissions to just 13 photos," Times Observer publisher Bob Patchen said. "We appreciate everyone who sent photos."
With the in-house judging complete, it's up to the public.
Visitors to the Times Observer website will select the cover photo through online voting. "We're excited to kick off the voting phase of our 2012 Scenes of Warren County calendar contest," Patchen said.
Readers are encouraged to vote for their favorite photos by visiting www.timesobserver.com and clicking on the banner along the left edge of the page.
Clicking on a photo will not enter a vote. Rather, clicking will show the visitor a larger view of that picture. Votes are submitted at the bottom of the page.
Voting is limited to three per household.
The voting site went live Tuesday evening and will be open through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.
The photo that receives the most votes will appear on the cover.
The rules of the contest were simple - photos had to be taken in Warren County, submissions had to be of high enough resolution to be suitable for printing at 8-by-10, and only one submission from any photographer was allowed to make the final 13.
The calendar will be inserted in the Saturday, Dec. 31 edition of the Times Observer.
Patchen said photographers should "stay focused on Warren County" and be ready to submit photos for the 2013 calendar.