2020 Photo Contest Winners Announced


In the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s second annual photo contest, hundreds of photos were submitted from across the state, representing the diversity of North Carolina’s wildlife, natural habitats and outdoor interests. Animal submissions ranged from butterflies on host plants and raccoons nestled in trees to bear cubs going for a swim. Landscape images included sandy beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, and mountain-top views.

We appreciate everyone that entered and had a wonderful time looking through the wildlife and habitats photographed in North Carolina. Thank you North Carolina wildlife photographers for this year’s outstanding submissions. Please see the winners (and runners-up) by category below:

Critters – Nancy Arehart

2020 NCWF Critters Winner - Nancy Arehart

The winner of the Critter category is Nancy Arehart of Raleigh who submitted her original photograph of a red fox in a Raleigh backyard. “A neighbor called to let me know that a mama and two kits had a den along the creek behind their house,” Arehart reports. “For four days, I arrived on his deck before sunrise and waited for them to come up the hill. Mama spotted me every time and never took her eyes off of me.”


Scenes of North Carolina – Kathryn Greven

2020 NCWF Scenes of NC Winner - Kathryn Greven

A scene of cypress trees at Lake Mattamuskeet is the winner of the Scenes of North Carolina. Photographer Kathryn Greven of Winston-Salem says it was a “beautiful twilight sunset and I love cypress trees. I took several compositions but I really thought this one worked.”


People in Nature – Laura Meta

2020 NCWF People in Nature Winner - Laura Meta

Laura Meta of Fayetteville is the People in Nature category winner. Meta photographed Dr. Bob Brown during the kayaking group’s annual Hope Floats trip, a week-long paddle trip of 208 miles along the Neuse River to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.


Youth Category – Walker Coley

2020 NCWF Youth Category Winner - Walker Coley

The first youth winner is Walker Coley of Holly Springs for his framed image of Canada geese on a pond in his neighborhood. As someone who loves to explore nature in his own backyard, Walker is thankful for the opportunity to expand his wildlife interests through photography.


Critters Honorable Mention – Christopher Austin

2020 NCWF Critters Runner Up - Christopher Austin

Photo by Christopher Austin Bolivia, NC


Youth Honorable Mention – Joshua Petty

2020 NCWF Youth Category Runner Up - Walker Coley

Photo by Joshua Petty, Cornelius, NC

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