The First has announced the winners of its sixth annual Customer Photo Calendar Contest. Fourteen color photographs have been chosen from more than 350 entries; each winning photographer will be awarded a $100 cash prize. The images will appear in the bank’s 2014 desk calendar and wall calendar, which will be available to customers in all offices of The First by mid-November.

The winning entrants are: cover, Karen Cheney of New Harbor; January, Caroline Albertson of Rockport; February, Leslie Richardson of Warren; March, Jane Beaman of Seal Harbor; April, Lydia Goetze of Southwest Harbor; May, Andrea Campanella of Mount Desert; June, Wayne Wallace of Camden; July, Sean Hall of Hulls Cove; August, Sarah Szwajkos of Rockland; September, Debra Arter of Damariscotta; October, Melissa Melvin of Waldoboro; November, Buddy Poland of Round Pond; December, Monica Cease of Ellsworth; and wall calendar image, Jon-Bree Keyes of Boothbay.

The First began asking its customers in March to submit original, scenic Maine shots. Entries included images depicting The First’s expansive coastal footprint and were submitted by customers from 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.

“Every year, I am amazed by the spectacular photographs taken by our customers,” said Amy Rollins, marketing director of The First. “We look forward to sharing the 2014 desk calendar this fall.”

The First is a community bank serving the people of Maine for nearly 150 years with offices from Wiscasset to Calais, including a new location in downtown Bangor. For more information about The First, call (800) 564-3195 or visit

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