For immediate release: Thursday, January 16, 2014
RALEIGH – The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences today opened its exhibition of the winning images from the ninth annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine photo competition. The 31 photographs will be on display in the Museum through March. (Free)
Paul Malcolm, of Garner, won the grand prize for his image of live oak trees at Fort Fisher historic site near Wilmington. Malcolm plays viola with the North Carolina Symphony and is a previous photo competition winner, having taken first place in the Wild Landscapes category in 2010.
“When I take a picture, I am not documenting a scene; I am capturing a mood or a feeling,” he said. “I am looking for some creative way to express what I see and feel about the subject. Music and photography are both creative passions. In concert I get involved emotionally. In photography, I get involved simply because I enjoy taking pictures.”
The contest is a collaboration between the Museum and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. All winners were published in the January/February 2014 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina, with Malcolm’s grand prize image appearing on the cover. The exhibition sponsor, JW Photo Labs of Raleigh, made it possible for the photographs to be exhibited at the Museum.
“There were photos from every corner of the state, reflecting the diverse habitats of our natural resources that are covered in every issue of the magazine,” said Jim Wilson, editor of Wildlife in North Carolina. “The photo competition fosters a greater understanding and appreciation of North Carolina’s wildlife and wild — and sometimes not so wild — places.”
This year, judges reviewed 1,235 entries in 10 categories. Entries were accepted only from current magazine subscribers or photographers younger than 18. First-place winners by category:
- Birds: Charles English, Wilmington, belted kingfisher
- Mammals: Tyler Bailey, Raleigh, squirrel
- Reptiles and Amphibians: Joe Congleton, Clayton, anole
- Invertebrates: Stephen Atkins, Weaverville, moth
- Wild Plants: Jim Ruff, Blowing Rock, rhododendron on Blue Ridge Parkway
- Youth Photographer, 13-17: Lucas Bobay, Holly Springs, jumping spider
- Grand Prize: Paul Malcolm, Garner, live oak trees
- Outdoor Recreation: Ed Ziegler, Raleigh, surf fishing at dawn
- Animal Behavior: Kim Hawks, Chapel Hill, Bald Head Island turtle tracks
- Youth Photographer, 12 and younger: Darci Burger, Macon, little frog
Wildlife in North Carolina is published bimonthly by the Wildlife Resources Commission. Subscribers to the magazine enjoy exceptional color photography and great articles on hunting, fishing, natural areas, wildlife research and the state’s environment in every issue.
Details and rules for the 2014 photo competition will be posted online at www.ncwildlife.org  in May/June issue, with entries from subscribers and youth accepted beginning June 2.