Winners of the annual Carolina Woman photo competition


Once again, our readers set a new record for submissions to the annual Carolina Woman photography contest. They made it tougher than ever to choose just a few winners from the multitude of wonderful photos.


Thanks to every photographer who submitted work. You understood the difference between a snapshot and art because what we received was true art. Thanks, also, for sharing a bit about you. For example, our youngest entrant was 12 and our oldest was 82 (submitted on her birthday!).


In just the click of a camera, the winners managed to warm the heart, tickle the funny bone and tell great stories.

Winners are:
- Joyce Rubens of Rolesville, Grand Prize
- Ashley Crowe of Chapel Hill, First Prize
- Sally Gouw of Durham, Second Prize
- Marilyn Osborne of Youngsville, Third Prize
- Katherine Gaitens of Apex, Fourth Prize

Honorable mentions are: Sandra Klein of Carrboro, Hannah Gotsch of Raleigh, Paige Donnelly of Wake Forest, Lydia Youngblood of Durham, Marie Coveney of Durham, Liz Pitman of Wake Forest, and Jill E. Brown of Raleigh


Staff favorites include Paige Donnelley of Wake Forest, Marilyn Osborne of Youngsville,Tracy Weaver Sease of Raleigh, Gabriella Pistone of Cary, Sally Gouw of Durham, Eleanor Rosenbaum of Durham, Lydia Youngblood of Durham, Hannah Gotsch of Raleigh, and Hannah Allison of Efland.




Grand Prize
Buckhorn Sunset

Prize: 8 x 11 color portrait of your pet or person by Lynne Srba Pet & People Portraits – $450 value





First Prize
Shadow Fun

Prize: 2 hours of computer repair or tune up by Tech Wizards – $258 Value





Second Prize
Remembering My Neighbor's Rooster

Prize: “Inside & Out” Photoaging Solution by Skinceuticals – $185 Value





Third Prize
Hummingbird Nectar

Prize: Gift certificate from the Bra Patch – $125 Value




Fourth Prize
Colorful LIfe

Gift certificate from French Connections – $100 Value







Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

Prize: Carolina Woman tote bag – Invaluable!


The Water's Fine, Come On In!

Sandra Klein



The Road From Kylemore Abby

Hannah Gotsch



Costa Rica Red-eyed Treefrog

Paige Donnelly

Wake Forest



Lydia Youngblood



Sun Flower Back Beauty

Marie Coveney



Abstract Image

Liz Pitman

Wake Forest



Jill E. Brown





Staff Favorites (in no particular order):


Osa Peninsula Sunset

Paige Donnelley of Wake Forest


Hummingbird Nectar

Marilyn Osborne of Youngsville


Southern Ireland

Tracy Weaver Sease of Raleigh


Central Park Bridge in July

Gabriella Pistone of Cary


Love Bridge

Sally Gouw of Durham


Sleeping Beauty's Flower Bed

Eleanor Rosenbaum of Durham


Passing By

Lydia Youngblood of Durham



Tracy Weaver Sease of Raleigh


Lost: One Irish Sheep

Hannah Gotsch of Raleigh



Hannah Allison of Efland