The Northwestern Regional Library System presented awards for the Show Us Your Best Photography Contest on Thursday night at the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library in Pilot Mountain.
With more than 185 photographs entered, judges narrowed the field to 60 photographs to join the traveling exhibit, which will be displayed in each library in the system over the next year. The exhibit will be on display at the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library in Pilot Mountain until April 9, then it will move on to the Mount Airy Public Library where it will be on display until the end of April.
“Your passion truly comes through in your photographs and its really wonderful to see what is special to you,” award presenter and Charles H. Stone Memorial Library Director Anna Nichols said to the crowd.
Best in Show winner Greg Dollyhite of Mount Airy entered four photographs in the contest, with “Moonrise” receiving the top award. Dollyhite is employed by Surry Telephone as a plant technician. The passion for photography now runs in the family — Dollyhite’s son, Ian, received the honor of having two photographs selected to be part of the library system’s traveling exhibit.
Dollyhite’s “Moonrise” was taken at Pilot Mountain State Park one evening, and Dollyhite said he had been watching and trying to capture the right light for the photograph, with the moon illuminated as well as a glow from the sunset. Dollyhite said he has been pursuing photography as a hobby for about two years, and it pairs well with his passion for outdoor activities, including hiking.
Josh Wilmoth of Mount Airy received the People’s Choice award, voted on by those in attendance at the awards reception. Wilmoth, 19, is employed at Reeves Community Center, working with the kids’ club. He said he took the shot during a huge snow this winter, as he was walking from his house to his parents’ home in the Red Brush Road area. Wilmoth said he loves photography and arts in general, and also loves taking part in Surry Arts Council productions.
First place in the Adult Color category went to Rayburn Mitchell of Woodlawn, Va., who said he shot the photograph of a wolf from 50 to 60 yards away at Yellowstone National Park last September. Mitchell said he specifically travelled there to take pictures of wolves, and loved this shot because it included a water droplet dripping from the wolf’s chin, as well as a fly beside of its head.
Sisters Josie and Casey Grogan both received awards in the Professional/Semi-Professional Photography category. Josie took first prize, with Casey placing second. The sisters, who both graduated from East Surry High School, work together with their new photography business, Captive Reflections, and have shot a few weddings and bridal portraits so far. They are also members of the Winston-Salem Photography Club.
Hobart Jones led a photography workshop prior to the awards. Jones has worked professionally as a photojournalist and continues to share his knowledge with the Mount Airy Photography Club, a club for all skill levels which meets on the third Tuesday of each month on the lower level Andy Griffith Playhouse, and occasionally in the field for photography sessions. For more information about the photography club, contact Surry Arts Council.
Jones shared a slide show of his photographs with those in attendance and gave tips on how to develop your own personal photography style. He said the great thing about photography is that “everyone has a different way to do it” and the most important thing is to “have fun and don’t get too bothered” and remember to experiment with different techniques.
Judges for the awards included award-winning photographers Hobart Jones, Pat Keiger, and Kenny Hooker.
Contest winners were:
Best in Show: Greg Dollyhite (Charles H. Stone Memorial Library)
People’s Choice: Josh Wilmoth (Mount Airy Public Library)
Youth 9-12 Color: 1st place: Christian William (Alleghany County Public Library); 2nd place: Christian William (Alleghany); 3rd place: Cameron Shaw (Elkin Public Library); Honorable Mention: Vinnie Mancini (Dobson Community Library)
Youth 13-17 Color: 1st place: Matte Coe (Elkin); Youth 13-17 Color: 2nd place: Abby Shepherd (Dobson Community Library)
Adult Digitally Altered: 1st place: Rachelle Morris; 2nd place: Shelia Carico; 3rd place: Rachelle Morris (first three from Alleghany); Honorable Mention: Josie Grogan (Charles H. Stone)
Adult B&W: 1st place: Danny Redd; 2nd place: Fritz Earle; 3rd place: Fritz Earle ; Honorable Mention: Danny Redd and Jean Blevins (all from Alleghany)
Adult Abstract: 1st place: Sherry Clodfelter (Alleghany)
Adult Professional/Semi-professional: 1st place: Josie Grogan (Charles H. Stone); 2nd place: Casey Grogan (Charles H. Stone); J.E. Brown (Yadkin); Honorable Mention: Rodney Ray McDaniel (Mount Airy)
Adult Color: 1st place: Rayburn Mitchell (Mount Airy); 2nd place: Danny Redd (Alleghany); 3rd place: Paul Phillips (King Public Library)
Adult Color Honorable Mentions: from Mount Airy Public Library: Carolyn Choate (2), Josh Wilmoth, Rodney McDaniel, Linda Humphrey, and Dana Cochran; from Charles H. Stone in Pilot: Greg Dollyhite and Richard Hill; from the Elkin Public Library, Bonni Hicks, Judy Conrad, Leonard Reynolds; from Alleghany County Public Library: Lou Nachman, Sandra Walker, Shelia Carico (2), Tina Duffey, Dave Lineback, Sandra Walker, James R. Norris, Carol Norris, Danny Redd, Rich Miller, and T.J. Worthington; and from the Danbury Public Library, Rodger L. Sheffer, Jr.
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