June 04, 2020
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Here are your 3 favorite designs in our Portland flag contest. It’s time to pick the winner

Welcome to the final round of BDN Maine’s contest to design a better Portland flag.

To re-cap: Designers submitted 84 designs, which were rated by three expert judges. The top-10 rated flags moved on to the next level, where you voted on your favorites.

The three flags below represent the three highest-rated flags, based on your votes.

Read about the designs below, and click here to vote in the next, and final round. Anyone who votes is automatically entered to win a $50 Buoy Local gift card.

Reminder: The winning designer gets a $300 cash prize from BDN Maine.

“Portland Beacon” by Matthew Morey

Designer’s comments:

The purpose behind this design for the flag of Portland is to display a beacon of pride in being a Portlander and a beacon of welcome to all others, just as the lighthouses of Portland welcome ships into its harbor. The lighthouse also represents Portland’s rich history in the maritime industries which helped Portland become the diverse, ever-growing city it is today.

The goal was to accomplish all this with simple and dynamic use of shapes and a reference to the original blue and gold color scheme of the current flag.

“Jewel of Casco Bay” by Jeff Woodbury

Designer’s comments:

Green for Forest City.

Blue for Casco Bay.

The zigzag echoes waves on a rocky coast.

Portland is the central point: the peninsula in the center, pointing to the stars.
Indents above and below center represent the Fore and Presumpscot Rivers.
12 stars shine for the 12 major islands of Casco Bay.

Each 4-pointed star is a compass rose, symbolizing both direction and the individuality of Mainers.

The stars in a grid combine to weave the warp and weft of lobster traps and sailcloth.

Turned on its end, green side down, the constellations illuminate forested mountains.

Green side up, and ships rest safely at anchor.

Uncomplicated, but not simplistic. A flag for Portland.

“Resurgam Flag 2” by Jeremy Hammond

Designer’s comments:

Blue and gold represent the sea and prosperity and provide continuity with the current Portland flag. In true heraldic form, the image of several overlapping anchors depicts a busy port. The number of anchors was chosen to honor the four fires the city has survived and in visual form to exclaim the city’s motto, Resurgam.

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