The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced the winners of the ninth annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine photo competition.
Paul Malcolm, of Garner, won the grand prize for his image of live oak trees at Fort Fisher historic site near Wilmington. Malcolm plays viola with the North Carolina Symphony and is a previous photo competition winner, having taken first place in the Wild Landscapes category in 2010.
“When I take a picture, I am not documenting a scene; I am capturing a mood or a feeling,” he said. “I am looking for some creative way to express what I see and feel about the subject. Music and photography are both creative passions. In concert I get involved emotionally. In photography, I get involved simply because I enjoy taking pictures.”
All winners were published in the January/February 2014 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina, with Malcolm’s grand prize image appearing on the cover. The exhibition sponsor, JW Photo Labs of Raleigh, made it possible for the photographs to be exhibited at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences through March.
“There were photos from every corner of the state, reflecting the diverse habitats of our natural resources that are covered in every issue of the magazine,” said Jim Wilson, editor of Wildlife in North Carolina. “The photo competition fosters a greater understanding and appreciation of North Carolina’s wildlife and wild — and sometimes not so wild — places.”
Photos were judged in 10 categories,with youth divisions for 12 and younger, and 13 to 17-year-olds. Entries were accepted only from current magazine subscribers or photographers younger than 18.
First-place winners by category:
Birds: Charles English, Wilmington, belted kingfisher
Mammals: Tyler Bailey, Raleigh, squirrel
Reptiles and Amphibians: Joe Congleton, Clayton, anole
Invertebrates: Stephen Atkins, Weaverville, moth
Wild Landscapes: Jim Ruff, Blowing Rock, Price Lake on Blue Ridge Parkway
Youth Photographer, 13-17: Lucas Bobay, Holly Springs, jumping spider
Wild Plants: Paul Malcolm, Garner, live oak trees
Outdoor Recreation: Ed Ziegler, Raleigh, surf fishing at dawn
Animal Behavior: Kim Hawks, Chapel Hill, Bald Head Island turtle tracks
Youth Photographer, 12 and younger: Darci Burger, Macon, little frog
This year, judges reviewed 1,235 entries. All category winners receive a large print suitable for framing from JW Photo Labs. Other prizes include:
Grand prize: $200.
First place, all categories, $100
Second place, all categories, $75
Third place, all categories, $50
Wildlife in North Carolina is published bimonthly by the Wildlife Resources Commission. Subscribers to the magazine enjoy exceptional color photography and great articles on hunting, fishing, natural areas, wildlife research and the state’s environment in every issue, with one-year and three-year subscriptions available online. Subscribers also receive a spring and a fall outdoor guide special editions, with the latest hunting, fishing and sportsman information.
Details and rules for the 2014 photo competition will be posted online at www.ncwildlife.org and in the May/June issue, with entries from subscribers and youth accepted beginning June 2.