We had a great turnout for this year's photo contest with many beautiful entries. Thank you to everyone who entered for sharing your beautiful artworks with us and for supporting Winyah Rivers Foundation.
The award ceremony was held on Friday May 8th ad the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum where the winning photos will be on display for several weeks. Winning photos will then be on display at the Horry County Government and Justice Center through mid-August. Thank you to 803 Labs for providing the wonderful prints of the winning photos and to all who helped to advertise our contest and events.
2015 WinnersBEST OF SHOW: “What A Long Beak You Have" by Ashley Morrison
1st Place Scenic: “Beach Relics II" by Willis Whyte
2nd Place Scenic: "Still Waters" by Christine Lizzul
3rd Place Scenic: "Bleached Beach" by Bonnie Boucher
1st Place Wildlife: "Up and Away" by Frank Perrotta
2nd Place Wildlife: "Great Blue Heron Feeding Time" by Bill Gobbel
3rd Place Wildlife: "Morning Sun" by Benjamin Coy
1st Place Cell Phone: "Swamp Fog" by Heather L'Heureux
2nd Place Cell Phone: "Waves of Emotions" by Joyce Vereen
Youth Honorable Mention: "Cloud Cover" by Morgan Lee
There were some beautiful submissions for the contest this year. Thank you to all the amazing photographers who participated and we hope for even more participation next year.
We held our award ceremony at the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum again this year. Winning photographs, previously on display at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach, will be on display at the Horry County Government and Justice Center from June 9th through August 15th.
BEST OF SHOW: “Salt Life” by Christine M. Lizzul
1st Place Scenic: “Sailors Beware” by Cheryl McDowell
2nd Place Scenic: “Rolling Wave” by Christine Lizzul
3rd Place Scenic: “Days End on the Creek” by Frank Perrotta
1st Place Wildlife: “Down The Hatch” by Bill Gobbel
2nd Place Wildlife: “Pretty In Pink” by Frank Perrotta
3rd Place Wildlife: “Blue-Winged Teals” by Robert Steffens
Honorable Mention: “Swimming at Sunset” by Rachel Pirttima
WRF Merit Award: “Happy Talk” by Tony Morano
Winning photographs, previously on display at the Georgetown County Public Library in downtown Georgetown, are now housed in the entrance hallway at the Horry County Government and Justice Center at 1301 Second Avenue in downtown Conway.
People's Choice Award
While our winning photographs were displayed at the Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum, we provided an opportunity for visitors to choose their favorite non-winning photograph from all of the entries submitted.
This year's People's Choice Award goes to...
Evening Marsh Reflections - by Francis Trudeau
We had another great year and lots of wonderful photographs submitted as part of our 2013 Photo Contest.
Winning entries were kept secret until the “reveal” at our Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 10th at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach. Our sponsor, 803 Labs, Inc. of Myrtle Beach, processed, enlarged and mounted the winning photographs for display that evening and through May 23rd.
We are very grateful to our sponsors of this event:
803 Labs, Inc. for processing the winning photographs and providing all of the winners with gift certificates;
The Horry Independent, Alternatives Magazine and Waccamaw Outdoors for advertising the contest and publishing the winning photographs;
The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum for hosting our Awards Ceremony and exhibiting the winning photographs;
Howard Gallery of Myrtle Beach for framing all of the winning photographs.
We are also grateful to our judges, Dixie Dugan and Sean Thompson, who have the difficult task of selecting the winners from the many wonderful entries, and our own, Reggie Daves, an excellent photographer in his own right but excluded from competition due to his position as President of the Board of Directors of Winyah Rivers Foundation and organizer for this event.
And to our photographers, each and every one, thank you for helping us to celebrate the beauty of the Winyah Rivers and for supporting Winyah Rivers Foundation and the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program and our goal of fishable, swimmable and drinkable water for our community and our future.
Best of Show and 1st Place winners in each category received cash prizes and gift certificates from 803 Labs.
2nd and 3rd Place AND Honorable Mention winners received ribbons
All winning photographers received their photograph framed by Howard Gallery and media publicity for their winning entries.
AND THE WINNERS ARE...
Ryan Trudeau of Murrells Inlet took 1st place honors with his photo “Catch of the Day”. According to the caption from Ryan’s father, Matthew, who is a previous winner, “Young egret captured this fish and my son captured this photo.” Obviously photography runs in the family! Congratulations Ryan!
Donald Withers of Pawley’s Island, SC took 1st place in the Scenic category with “New Moon Sunrise”. According to Donald’s caption, this photo was “taken at Pawley’s Pier slightly before sunrise during a new moon and high tide; slower exposure to capture the incoming wave.” Donald is no stranger to the Riverkeeper with previous winning entries. Congratulations Donald on your 1st place showing with New Moon Sunrise!
Anthony Morano of Longs, SC took 2nd place in the Scenic category with “Old Building”, a beautiful black and white photograph of the building at Huntington Beach State Park under the moon light. Anthony is also no stranger to the Riverkeeper with previous winning entries. Congratulations Anthony on your 2nd place showing with “Old Building”!
Ron Koch of Charleston, SC took 3rd place in the Scenic category with “Sunrise at the Pier”, a photo of the Pawley’s Island Pier taken at sunrise. Congratulations Ron on your 3rd place showing with Sunrise at the Pier!
Norm Yeo of Supply, NC earned Honorable Mention for his photograph “Working the River”. Congratulations Norm!
Frank Perrotta of Pawley’s Island took 1st place for his photograph “On Final Approach” of a hummingbird photographed at Brookgreen Gardens. Frank is no stranger to the Riverkeeper as his photographs have been recognized in previous contests. This photograph earned him top prize in the Wildlife category. Congratulations Frank!
Harry Edwards of Conway took 2nd place with “Pelican Detail #1”, According to Harry’s caption, “This image was taken on a sunny afternoon along the coast of SC. Shows the beauty of the bird in a moment of its life.”Congratulations Harry on your 2nd place showing with Pelican Detail #1
Robert Steffens of Murrells Inlet took 3rd place with “Eastern Bluebird in Flight”, taken at Brookgreen Gardens near the boat dock in January 2012. Congratulations Robert on your 3rd place showing with Eastern Bluebird in Flight!
Brant Barrett of Surfside Beach earned Honorable Mention in the Wildlife category with “The Great Adventure”, a photograph of fawns at dusk. Brant took Best of Show honors at last year’s contest so we are proud to congratulate Brant on his honorable mention in this year’s contest. Congratulations Brant!
Best of Show
The Best of Show winner for her photograph “Eerie Sunrise” is Terrah Hewett of Supply, North Carolina. Terrah’s caption states “I captured this image on the Lockwood Folly River at sunrise as the fog rolled in and a flock of ibis flew over.” Terrah was a winner in our first ever photo contest and we are pleased that her photography has been recognized again! Congratulations Terrah on your Best of Show entry, Eerie Sunrise!
Special thanks to our sponsors for the Winyah Rivers Foundation Photo Contest:
Our Major Sponsor:
Our Media Sponsors:
In addition, we would like to thank the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum for hosting our awards ceremony.
Last, but not least, thank you to all of the photographers who submitted entries this year! We appreciate your photography and your support!
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