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Winyah Rivers Foundation Annual Photo Contest

2015 Photo Contest

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.

A special thank you to 803 Labs for helping to advertise our contest and for providing the wonderful prints of the winning photos for display! Your support is greatly appreciated! The printer really does make the difference so please support 803 Labs.

The award ceremony was held on Friday May 8th at the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum. The winning photos were on display at the Museum for several weeks then were moved to the Horry County Government and Justice Center in Conway where they will be displayed through mid-August.

2015 Winners

BEST OF SHOW:  “What A Long Beak You Have" by Ashley Morrison
What A Long Beak You Have - Ashley Morrison















1st Place Scenic:  “Beach Relics II" by Willis Whyte

Beach Relics II - Willis Whyte




















2nd Place Scenic: "Still Waters" by Christine Lizzul

Still Waters - Christine Lizzul
















3rd Place Scenic: "Bleached Beach" by Bonnie Boucher

Bleached Beach - Bonnue Boucher
















1st Place Wildlife: "Up and Away" by Frank Perrotta

Up and Away - Frank Perotta
















2nd Place Wildlife: "Great Blue Heron Feeding Time" by Bill Gobbel

Great Blue Heron Feeding Time - Bill Gobbel




















3rd Place Wildlife: "Morning Sun" by Benjamin Coy

Morning Sun - Benjamin Coy
















1st Place Cell Phone: "Swamp Fog" by Heather L'Heureux

Swamp Fog - Heather LHeureux
















2nd Place Cell Phone: "Waves of Emotions" by Joyce Vereen

Waves of Emotions - Joyce Vereen
















Youth Honorable Mention: "Cloud Cover" by Morgan Lee

Cloud Cover - Morgan Lee

















2014 Photo Contest

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.

2014 Winners

BEST OF SHOW:  “Salt Life” by Christine M. Lizzul

Salt Life - Christine M. Lizzul

















1st Place Scenic:  “Sailors Beware” by Cheryl McDowell

Sailors Beware - Cheryl McDowell

















2nd Place Scenic: “Rolling Wave” by Christine Lizzul

Rolling Wave - Christine M. Lizzul

















3rd Place Scenic:  “Days End on the Creek” by Frank Perrotta

Days End on the Creek - Frank Perrotta

















1st Place Wildlife:  “Down The Hatch” by Bill Gobbel

Down the Hatch - Bill Gobbel

















2nd Place Wildlife:  “Pretty In Pink”  by Frank Perrotta

Pretty in Pink - Frank Perrotta

















3rd Place Wildlife:  “Blue-Winged Teals” by Robert Steffens

Blue-Winged Teals - Robert Steffens

















Honorable Mention:  “Swimming at Sunset” by Rachel Pirttima

Swimming at Sunset - Rachel Pirttima

















WRF Merit Award:  “Happy Talk” by Tony Morano

Happy Talk - Tony Morano

















Thank you to 803 Labs for providing beautiful prints of the winning photos and to Frank G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach for use of the museum for our awards ceremony and displaying the winning photos. Thanks are due to Springmaid Resort for supplying items for our awards ceremony. Thank you to all who helped advertise our contest and events and to the participants of course!

2013 Photo Contest

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

Evening Marsh Reflection - 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.


Youth Category

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!


Catch of the Day

















Scenic Category

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!


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”!


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!


Sunrise at the Pier


















Norm Yeo of Supply, NC earned Honorable Mention for his photograph “Working the River”. Congratulations Norm!

Working the River



















Wildlife Category

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!

On Final Approach


















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

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!

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!


The Great Adventure



















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!



Eerie Sunrise



















Special thanks to our sponsors for the Winyah Rivers Foundation Photo Contest:

Our Major Sponsor:




Our Media Sponsors:

Waccamaw Outdoors



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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