Blue and red ribbons are now attached to the winners of the Birds and Butterflies’ annual photography contest.
Birds and Butterflies store owner Ron Brenneman said this was the fourth year they have held this contest, and each year has been successful. The categories included scenery, critters, youth and people’s choice.
“We had a few less photos than previous years, but the quality didn’t go down,” said Brenneman.
On Monday, contest winners gathered at the store for a small reception and to view the other submissions.
Victoria Shirley, 17, has entered a photograph every year, and this was the first time she had a submission outside of the youth division. She placed second in the critters category with her close-up shot of a hanging thief fly. Shirley said the bug’s green eyes caught her attention.
Shirley loves exploring the outdoors and nature photography.
“I just like never knowing what I’ll find,” Shirley said.
Grant Bolen, 16, placed first in the youth division with his photo of a rolling river located in the mountains. This was the first time he had entered the contest.
“He really appreciates beauty; the birds and earth,” said Bolen’s grandfather Phil Frederick.
Christine Tilton, who works at Dufour and Dufour on Park Avenue, snapped a photo of a mourning dove in its nest on the business’ windowsill. The dove was nestled up to two of its fluffy younglings. Tilton said that she had watched the birds actually build the nest.
This was her first time entering the contest, and she said that there were so many beautiful entries.
“I’m getting some good ideas for next year,” Tilton said, smiling.
The contest was called “Bluebirds over South Carolina,” this year though a variety of images were submitted. The contest was dedicated to the S.C. Bluebird Society, as it’s hosting the North American Bluebird Society’s national convention in Aiken in October.
Images of bluebirds that were submitted will be used in a calendar that Brenneman hopes will be out by mid-September.
Brenneman said that 10 percent of the proceeds from the calendar sales will go to the S.C. Bluebird Society.
The photographs will be on display until Saturday at Birds and Butterflies located at 117 Laurens St. N.W.
Submitted Photo “The Search for Food” by Sam Coles, Augusta First Place – Critters×
Submitted Photo “Lily Pad Spillway” by Bill Lutin, Augusta First Place – Scenery×
Submitted Photo “Feeding Time” by Shirley Myers, Aiken First Place – People’s Choice×
Submitted Photo “Magnolia at Hopelands” by Richard Watson, Aiken Second Place – Scenery×
Submitted Photo “Nest Box” by Mark Tappee, Aiken Second Place – People’s Choice×
Submitted Photo “Hanging Thief” by Victoria Shirley, Aiken Second Place – Critters×