If a picture is worth a thousand words, the winners of this year's Photo Contest are worth untold thousands. Over and over, the judges were awed by captivating entries that brilliantly display fresh perspectives.


I offer my congratulations to every person with the creativity and skill to pursue photography at this level and the well-deserved belief in their talent to submit their work.


Look through these photographers' unique lenses. They're the best of the best.


– Debra Simon





Grand Prize
By Lisa Sanfilippo of Chapel Hill






First Prize
"Bubble Study"
By Beth Golemo of Cary






Second Prize
"Reflections of Norway"
By Christine Shooter of Chapel Hill





Third Prize
"Three Seals on Kangaroo Island"
By Jill Grosman of Cary






Fourth Prize
"Nap Time"
By Barbie Davis of Selma, N.C.






Fifth Prize
"Student Life"
By Marie Woodbridge of Durham






Sixth Prize
"Sunset Surf"
By Tina Morrison of Cary



Honorable Mention

"The Artist's Home"
By Katharine Bayer of Apex



Staff Favorites

"Icicles in Angel's Light"
By August Burns of Durham


By Eileen Carey of Raleigh


"Amber Waves"
By Karen Curran of Durham


"Blue Abstract"
By Julia Daniels of Cary


"Nature's Heart"
By Mike Dellerman of Durham


"Freedom Lake"
By Sally Gouw of Durham


"Winged Beauty"
By Ann Smiley of Apex