SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s time to vote again in West Virginia, not for a candidate, but for the cover of a special issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine. The June 2013 issue, in conjunction with West Virginia’s sesquicentennial celebration, will feature dozens of photographs submitted by readers for a “Day in the Life of West Virginia” issue. From those photographs, four have been chosen by magazine staff as potential covers for the issue. The public is encouraged to pick a favorite and vote on the final choice.
The cover finalists were chosen from among nearly 5,000 photographs submitted by about 1,000 people who participated in the magazine’s planned photographic tribute, “A Day in the Life of West Virginia.” On Sept. 15, 2012, the public was asked to take photographs across the state at different times of the day depicting the people, events and places that make the state special. The best will be published in the June 2013 issue of Wonderful West Virginia. It will be the first all-photograph issue of the magazine in more than 25 years.
“The idea started as a photo contest because we were trying to develop ideas that would encourage involvement by the general public,” said Wonderful West Virginia publisher Bryan Hoffman, Chief of Administration for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, which publishes the monthly full-color magazine. “Someone said we had done something similar in the mid-1980s that was very successful. We looked up that issue and decided to go with the ‘Day in the Life of West Virginia’ idea because it was the state’s 150th anniversary. We had so many great pictures submitted that we couldn’t decide on just one for the cover, so we’re asking for help from our readers and the public.”
Votes can be cast on the newly redesigned Wonderful West Virginia magazine Web page at www.wonderfulwv.com
. The cover choices include two children sitting outside on a wooden chair, a large flock of chickens in a rural setting, two backpackers with their dog on a country trail, and a group of colorful West Virginia-grown vegetables. The voting will end March 8, 2013.
Wonderful West Virginia is the state's premier showpiece magazine and is published monthly by the Division of Natural Resources. Wonderful West Virginia showcases "the best of West Virginia" with breath-taking photographs and intriguing articles about nature, state history, recreation, art, and interesting people. It is available at most magazine outlets and by subscription. Subscriptions are one year for $18 or two years for $36. Gift subscriptions also are available. Call 1-800-CALL-WVA or subscribe online at www.wonderfulwv.com
Bryan Hoffman, Wonderful West Virginia magazine