Moments captured, memories frozen in time, moods called to mind, art happening before our very eyes. These are the things that make for magical pictures.


Readers all over the Triangle submitted entries for Carolina Woman's annual Photo Contest. After days of deliberation, the judges managed to cull the most striking shots.


Whether composed with an eye for nature or inspired by humankind's soaring vision, whether taken far from home or snapped in the backyard, these winning photos portray life in its reflective moments.


– Debra Simon





Grand Prize
"Crystals on Strawberry Leaves"
Maria Kuthy, Clayton






First Prize
"Blue at Blackwood"
Lisa Van Fleet, Carrboro






Second Prize
"County Church"
Mikel Sanfilippo, Mebane





Third Prize
"Rainbow Tunnel"
Eileen Carey, Raleigh






Fourth Prize
"An Unforgettable Summer"
Sally Gouw, Durham






Fifth Prize
"Red Sky at Night, Sailors Delight"
Christine Shooter, Chapel Hill






Honorable Mention

"Traveling Life's Highway"
Anne Anthony, Carrboro