The Lincoln County Arts Council announced the winners of the 2019 Amateur Photography Competition on Thursday night.
Lincoln County resident Frank Nolen took home the Best in Show prize for his photograph “To Infinity and Beyond 2019.” The photograph shows the Milky Way behind the Bodie Island lighthouse. The image was a 15-second exposure captured on a cold, early morning in March. Nolen also took first place in the plant life/landscape category with a photograph he took near Fort Fisher. All his competition entries were taken in North Carolina.
“It’s really unique place, beautiful location whether you’re shooting stars or whether you’re shooting any kind of landscapes,” Nolen said of the North Carolina coast.
Emma Bailey, 16, of Greensboro, won first place with “Selfie.” The image started as a Snapchat that Bailey didn’t think much of until her mother sent a screenshot of it to her grandmother, Erika Goodson. Goodson encouraged Bailey to enter the competition along with her. Goodson’s “Black and White” took took second place in the black and white category.
Bailey also photographs her pets, everyday life and dabbles in underwater photography.
“It’s a good way of expressing myself,” Bailey said. “I can capture moments and it helps me remember things more vividly. I just love it.”
Robert Webb left with three prizes, including first place in People with “Whatcom Park, Bellingham Park.” Webb described his image of two people relaxing on a fallen tree as a study of contrasts: male/female, light/dark, comfort/discomfort.
“It was one of those shots, you don’t really know you have it until you pull it up on a bigger screen,” Webb said.
Full list of winners:
Best of show, To Infinity and Beyond 2019, Frank Nolen
Plant life / Landscapes:
First Place, Carolina Court, Frank Nolen
Second Place, Below the Dam, Judy Broesder
Third Place, Robert Webb, Rainbow Falls, NY
Honorable Mention, Robin Johnson, Peach-Less
Honorable Mention, Alice Green, Season Finale
First Place, Whatcom Park, Bellingham Park, Robert Webb
Second Place, Snowball Fights, Linda Yoder
Third Place, Pumpkin, Brad Micol
Honorable Mention, Native Musician, Jon Arrowwood
First Place, Frog Swim, Eve Shaffer
Second Place, Swallow Bird, Amy Humphries
Third Place, Bumble Bee, Jenna Webb
Honorable Mention- Head out of Sand- Kristopher Goodman
Abstract / Special Effects:
First Place – Acutely Obtuse, JoJo Tucker
Second Place- Snow Globe-Joseph Permelia
Third Place, Peach Tree, Eve Shaffer
First Place, Kedneland Early Morning Gallop, Amy Humphries
Second Place, Black and White, Erika Goodson
Third Place, Rain Catcher, Kristopher Goodman
Honorable Mention- Sky High Fruit Farm Studebaker, Robert Webb
Black & White:
First Place, Double Stack, Carol King
Second Place,Yesterday, Louise Last
Third Place, Such Sights III, Kristopher Goodman
Honorable Mention, Fold over, Carol King
First Place, Selfie, Emma Bailey
Second Place, Cat, Sarah Garrison
Third Place, Gems, Asher Micol
Honorable Mention, Butterfly, Sarah Garrison
Honorable Mention, Memaw’s Garden, Meredith Mendenhall