Did you know that Portland has a flag? Neither did we, until we came across a video tearing apart the city’s flag for breaking a bunch of design principles.

It’s not clear when — or even if — the city officially adopted the current flag, which flies outside City Hall and is on display in the council chambers.

But one thing is certain: Portland needs a better flag.

That’s why we’re launching this contest. We’re looking for the city’s best artists, designers — or even just anyone with a good idea — to come forward and help design a flag that represents the city and actually looks good.

The winner will be chosen by readers among three finalists narrowed down by the judges. BDN Maine will award $300 to the designer whose flag gets the most votes.

Ben Coursey, a contest judge and Portland high school student working to get the city to adopt a new flag, plans to take the three finalists’ flags before the City Council.

Read all about it, and upload your design here.

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Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...