The First has announced the winners of its third annual Customer Photography Calendar Contest. Thirteen color photographs have been chosen from more than 350 entries, and each winning photographer will be awarded a $100 cash prize. The images will appear in the Bank’s 2011 desk calendar, which will be available to customers in all offices of The First by mid-November.

The winning entrants are: Cover, Lisa Holt of Camden; January, Kevin Shields of Rockport; February, Bruce Burnham of Boothbay; March, Tim Ensworth of Blue Hill; April, Meaghan McMonagle of Brooksville; May, Danielle Blocker of Ellsworth; June, Stacy Richards of Southwest Harbor; July, Jim Stano of Round Pond; August, James Wolfrum of Camden; September, Jamie Doliber of Baileyville; October, Rania Benson of Southwest Harbor; November, Paul Brown of Rockland; and December, Beverly Squillante of Boothbay.

Back in March, The First began asking its customers to submit their very best scenic Maine shots. Entries included images depicting The First’s expansive coastal footprint and were submitted by customers from all across the country. All customers of The First, professionals and amateurs, employees and their family members, were encouraged to enter the contest. To continue The First’s tradition of being a local bank committed to its communities, the custom calendars are being designed by Elm Street Printing of Camden.

“Over the years, customers asked us to consider replacing the mass-produced New England calendar with a calendar that’s all about Maine,” said Amy Rollins, marketing director of The First. “Producing a custom photo desk calendar that highlights our customers’ talents and the natural beauty of our state was the best way to make this happen!”

The First has been serving the people of Maine since 1864 with offices in Damariscotta, Waldoboro, Boothbay Harbor, Wiscasset, Rockport, Camden, Rockland, Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Ellsworth, Eastport, Blue Hill, Calais and Northeast Harbor. For more information about The First, call 800-564-3195 or visit thefirst.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.