Sometimes you have to break the rules to get results. Gene Furr, the 2011 Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition Grand Prize winner, did that for his winning shot of the great egret. His photo, along with 30 other winning shots, will be on display through March 31.
“Most of the time, you do not want to photograph birds from the rear, but breaking this rule gave me a special image,” said Furr. “I am so honored to win the Grand Prize.” Furr is no newcomer to photography. During his 30 years at The News & Observer of Raleigh, he won more than 300 awards while serving as staff photographer, chief photographer and photography coach. He retired in 2002 and starting photographing wildlife.
Now in its seventh year, the Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition  seeks to encourage high-quality nature photography and to identify talented wildlife photographers working in North Carolina. This year’s field totaled 3,689 photographs from approximately 1,000 photographers. Judges were: WINC art director Marsha Tillett, WINC photographer Melissa McGaw, Museum senior manager of outreach Mike Dunn, and Wildlife Resources Commission public information officer Jodie Owen.
The Photo Competition is held in collaboration with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Division of Parks and Recreation, with support from JW Photo of Raleigh (Exhibition Sponsor).