On May 4, 2021, the Zwaanendael Museum announced the winners of its virtual “Museum Madness” photo contest which challenged amateur photographers to submit images of the historic museum located at 102 Kings Highway in Lewes, Del. The museum commemorates Delaware’s first European colony, Swanendael, established by the Dutch in 1631. It serves as a showcase for Lewes-area maritime, military and social history.

Following are the contest winners:

Photo of the Zwaanendael Museum by Cindy Dolan
“Zwaanendael In April Bloom” by Cindy Dolan
Photo of the Zwaanendael Museum by Stephanie Faust
“Early Morning in the Park” by Stephanie Faust
Photo of the Zwaanendael Museum by Elaine Patricia
“Another Point of View” by Elaine Patricia

Submissions to “Museum Madness” were accepted online between April 19 and 24, 2021 with a total of 14 photos entered in the contest. These images were posted on the museum’s Facebook Page where followers were asked to “vote” for the winning photograph by “liking” or reacting to the individual photos. Votes were collected for one week from April 26 to May 1, 2021.

The three photos with the top number were deemed the first-, second- and third-place winners. The first-place image “Zwaanendael in April Bloom” is now featured as the profile picture on the museum’s Facebook page. All three winning photographs will be printed and displayed in the outdoor kiosk next to the museum on Kings Highway.