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Manhattan Beach named finalist in ‘Prettiest Painted Places’ contest

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This snapshot taken in Manhattan Beach was among the 18 photographs submitted into the contest. The pictures were taken by photographer Bradley Van Herbst of Van Images. (Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce)

Manhattan Beach can now add another notch on its belt of distinctions after being named as a finalist in this year’s “Prettiest Painted Places in America” contest.

Hosted by the Paint Quality Institute [PQI], a Philadelphia-based organization that seeks to educate the public about paints and coatings, the nationwide competition drew nearly 200 submissions since June. Among the 60 chosen finalists, 12 communities will receive the coveted title.

According to PQI’s blog, communities that demonstrate the “best use of quality exterior paint to enhance their inherent beauty and charm” will go far in the competition.

If named as a winner later this month, the city will be rewarded with a nationwide publicity campaign with HGTV and USA Today.

James O’Callaghan, president and CEO of the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber decided to enter the contest after hearing about it through a regional chamber organization. The chamber submitted 18 photos of local homes and a local creamery, shot by local photographer Bradley Van Herbst of Van Images.

“We were thrilled to help represent the community,” O’Callaghan said. “We thought the various styles and eclectic nature of Manhattan Beach would stand out.”

Other finalists in the Southwest region include Lake City, C.O., Prescott, A.Z., Redlands, C.A. and Midway, U.T.

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