What do You Consider a Hidden Gem?

It’s always exciting to discover some place no one else knows about. Sharing that information with others can sometimes be controversial. I remember when the local newspaper published shortcuts for getting over the Bay Bridge when driving from Annapolis to Ocean City. People were furious that their secret routes were revealed. Private neighborhoods were angry at the prospect of more traffic.
On the other hand, when you find a lovely little pocket park tucked away, with lovely trees and flowers worth admiring or a handsome statue in plain view that no one stops to ponder, let alone wonder the history of why that particular statue was created (there is usually a plaque to read)… it may be that you’d like to share your information with others. In which case, maybe you’ve taken a photograph to remember that special place. A hidden gem could be a beach, an island, a special bench, a mural, a building, or an inspirational sign. Now is the time to gather those photographs or start taking some pictures to enter our upcoming “Hidden Gems” photo contest sponsored by What’s U? Media Group. We haven’t even posted the rules yet or published a formal announcement. That will happen in October when we publish the winners of our Storm photo contest. But I will start accepting entries now. You can send digital photographs of your hidden gems to editor@whatsupmag.com. Please include information on why you think the place you photographed is a hidden gem and where it is located. Good luck!

Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

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