Critters

First Place: “Chilly Reception,” Meg Francoeur

Second Place: “Titmouse With Breakfast,” Selina Spilman

Scenery

First Place: “Serenity,” Raina Knudsen

Second Place: “Reflection,” James Knudsen

Youth

First Place: “Beauty and the Beast,” Meg Francoeur

Second Place: “Camouflage in Yellow,” Carlee Holsonback

People’s Choice

First Place: “The Ghost Trees,” Kathleen Ware

Second Place: “Chilly Reception,” Meg Francoeur

The sun was shimmering down on her farm.


Enjoying the day was Kyla Dolphin, a 12-year-old Kennedy Middle School student.


Dolphin, an amateur photographer, took the moment to practice her hobby.


“I take photos if I go outside and see anything interesting or, if it’s a nice night, I’ll go out and see if I can find anything to take,” she said.


On this particular day, she found a green-bodied spider stretched out on a white flower.


She took a picture of it.


She entered that picture into Birds & Butterflies’ fifth annual contest.


This year’s theme was Expressions of Nature.


Dolphin won first place in the Youth division.


“I wasn’t expecting to win anything,” she said.


Dolphin’s photo was one of 67 submitted.


All photos were taken in South Carolina, said Ron Brenneman, store co-owner.


The categories were Critters, Scenery, Youth and People’s Choice.


The six other winners are Meg Francoeur, Selina Spilman, Raina Knudsen, James Knudsen, Carlee Holsonback and Kathleen Ware.


Francoeur’s “Chilly Reception” won first place in the Critters section and second place in People’s Choice.


“A lot of people liked it when I took it,” she said.


“Chilly Reception” exhibits a little yellow bird perched on an icy branch.


Francouer took this photo in her backyard during this year’s ice storm.


This is the second contest she’s entered and the first one she has won.


Each winner will receive a gift certificate to the store.


“We will take 15 to 16 pictures of the best photos and put them into a calendar,” Brenneman added.


The calendar will be printed through Innovative Solutions.


Ten percent of the calendars’ profits will go to Hitchcock Woods Foundation.


“We pick a different nonprofit each year,” Brenneman said.


Calendars will be sold in the store starting this fall.


All the contest’s photos are on display until Saturday.


Birds & Butterflies is located at 117 Laurens St. N.W.


For more information, call 803-649-7999 or visit www.birdsandbutterfliesaiken.com.