They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Based on the phenomenal entries in this year's Photo Contest, I must agree. A record number of brilliant photographers submitted their art to our competition. Many captured nature at its best in settings close to home, filling the frame with breathtaking wonder. To each of you who entered, I offer my congratulations. The expert level of submissions made evaluating the images a tough job for our judges, who took great pains to designate picture-perfect winners.


– Debra Simon





Grand Prize
"Purple Water Plant Enjoying Its Reflection"
By Jill Grosman of Cary






First Prize
"Gee...I Wonder What He Did Wrong?"
By Charles M. Dellerman of Durham






Second Prize
"Eye Spy"
By Robin Gaitens of Apex





Third Prize
"Watching You"
By Dana Parikh of Raleigh






Fourth Prize
"Breath of Fire"
By Sally Gouw of Durham






Fifth Prize
"Solitude at Moraine Lake"
By Sudha Soora of Cary




Honorable Mention

"Barn Doorway in Old Salem"
By Shannon Craven of Chapel Hill




Staff Favorites
(in alphabetical order)


By Eileen Carey of Raleigh


"Hot Chocolate Kind of Day"
By Katherine Gaitens of Apex


By Mandy Pierce of Hertford


By Roberta Rose of Raleigh