AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Illuminating Company invites customers to show off their best and brightest outdoor holiday light displays by entering its "Merry & Bright" Holiday Lights Photo Contest. Participants can enter by submitting a photo of their home's outdoor holiday lights at The Illuminating Company Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/IlluminatingCo) from Nov. 28 until Dec. 18. Up to 10 finalists will be selected by The Illuminating Company based on criteria such as creativity and number of lights. Finalists' photos will be posted on Facebook for public voting from Dec. 19 until Dec. 26. The grand prize winner will receive a $250 Visa ® gift card and the first prize winner will receive a $100 gift card. More information, including complete contest rules, will be posted to The Illuminating Company Facebook page. The "Merry & Bright" contest is open only to The Illuminating Company customers who are legal residents of Ohio and who are at least 18 years of age. Only one entry per household will be accepted. Employees and family members of FirstEnergy, The Illuminating Company or its advertising agency are not eligible. The Illuminating Company is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) and serves more than 750,000 customers across Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties. Follow The Illuminating Company on Twitter @IlluminatingCo, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IlluminatingCo, and online at www.illuminatingcompany.com.