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Capture the 'Spirit of America'

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  • | 4:00 a.m. June 10, 2009
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Submissions are still being accepted for The Observer’s “Spirit of America” Photo Contest on The winning photo not only will be featured in its annual Fourth of July special section July 2 but also will win a PENTAX Optio T10 digital camera, valued at $329.99, sponsored by Donovan at Wolf Camera.

Do you have a photo that captures the “Spirit of America?” The Observer is seeking submissions for its first online photo contest, “Spirit of America,” on Upload your photos that celebrate America’s birthday, the Fourth of July.

Entering the contest is easy. Simply visit and click on the “Spirit of America” photo contest rectangle, located on the bottom, right-hand corner of’s home page. Click on the “submissions” tab, fill out the form and upload your favorite photos. Submissions will be accepted until 8:45 a.m., June 15.

Reader voting for the best photo representing the “Spirit of America” will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, June 15 and end at 5 p.m. Monday, June 22. Registered users can vote up to 10 times per day.

Each week, we’ll profile our favorite submission of the week. This week’s featured entry is “First Game” submitted by Cathy Lovine of Sarasota. Lovine’s husband, Mike, took this photo of their 3-year-old grandson, Peyton Schroeder, at his very first baseball game seeing the Sarasota Reds at Ed Smith Stadium. Schroeder received the glove for his third birthday several days before the game last July.

“To me it is truly a red, white and blue moment in many ways,” says Lovine. “He is excited about the game, optimistic about catching a fly ball with his new glove and nothing is better than enjoying the freedom of an American evening at the ballpark. I think the photo represents the kid in all of us — the true ‘Spirit of America.’ And, he’s just so darn cute!”