BURGAW – Pender County Tourism and Pender County Parks & Recreation announced the winners of the Pender County Nature Photography Contest.

Winners in the 15 and under amateur youth category are Liberty Wilborn in first place, Richie Marsh in second place, and Kaiden Baker in third place.

Winners in the adult professional category are Sue Benden in first place, Amy Shores in second place, and Jeff Hall in third place.

With the amount of wonderful submissions in the adult amateur category, the judges chose the best top five. The winners in the adult amateur category are Dana Adami in first place, Bernie Braak in second place, and Milissa Acres in third place, Kirk Binning in fourth place, and Lydia McKeel in fifth place.

There were also three Judge’s Choice photographs awarded which include those of Bo Matthews, Raymond Moore, and Jane O’Conner.

The photo contest was open to the public with a large participation. Prizes and gift certificates are being awarded for the winners in each category.

“The contest had more than 100 submitted photos which either fell into the categories of adult amateur, adult professional, or the 15 and under amateur youth category,” states Zachary White, Pender County Parks and Recreation. “We look forward to this becoming an annual contest.”

“We received some of the best photos of nature taken within Pender County,” states Olivia Dawson, Pender County Tourism. “This contest was a great way to show off some great photography skills while capturing the beauty throughout Pender County.”

“We are happy to announce the winners of the Pender County Nature Photography Contest,: said Dawson.

Winning entrants were contacted by phone and e-mail. Submitted photos will be used in published materials giving photo credit to the photographer and provided locations.

For more information contact Pender County Parks & Recreation Department 910-259-1330 or the Tourism Office 910-259-1278.

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