2017-2018 Excellence-in-Craft Winners Showcase
Congratulations to all our Winners!
*Note if you click on many of the titles you will find links to the winners work…read and enjoy!
1st Place: Clarke Jones, “Off the Leash“
2nd Place: Amanda Creasey, “In My Shoes“
3rd Place: Bobby Whitescarver, “Trump, Torpedoes, and the Clean Water Act at 45″
1st Place: Cole Thrift, “Solitude”
We are particularly proud of this year’s first place winner. Cole is a student member from Virginia Tech who became involved in VOWA through our Collegiate contest. He entered this fabulous image in the EIC and won first place! Cole tells us that he was on his way back from hiking in the Mountain Lake area when he noticed this lone tree standing at the edge of a hilltop pasture. Dense clouds were draped over the autumn leaves in the background and the scene looked surreal.
2nd Place: Ann & Rob Simpson, “Fauna Deer”
Beautiful Rob & Ann! A strong “aaawwwww” on the cute meter!!!! This photo was published in the Shenandoah National Park 2017 Calendar. Rob & Ann describe Shenandoah National Park as one of the very best places to get pictures of white-tailed deer.
We also want to thank Rob & Ann for supporting our Collegiate contest so strongly. Very much appreciated. Lord Fairfax Community College had two winners this year!
3rd Place: King Montgomery, “Sunset Over Water”
King is a very long time member of VOWA who is now living in Maine with his lovely wife Elizabeth. King, we thoroughly enjoy hearing from you and are delighted that you stay involved with VOWA with your strong EIC entries as both a writer and photographer. Gorgeous image!!!
1st Place: Mark Fike, “Fishing & Hunting Reports”
2nd Place: Madeline Vann, “Time Outside Builds Kids’ Social Skills,” Fleetpen blog.
3rd Place: Bobby Whitescarver, “Four Compelling Reasons Cats Need To Be Indoors,” Getting More on the Ground Blog
Outstanding Feature Story
1st Place: William H. Funk
“The Dismal Swamp,” Humanities Spring 2017
2nd Place: William H. Funk
“Trauma Center Provides Creature Comforts for Injured, Ailing Animals,” Bay Journal
3rd Place: John Shtogren
“Fair Chase” Virginia Wildlife Magazine September/October 2017
1st Place: Nancy Sorrells, Sempervirens,
Newsletter of the Virginia Native Plant Society
2nd Place: Robert Thomas, The Singing Reel
Newsletter of the Fly Fishers of Virginia
1st Place: Ann & Rob Simpson Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Parkway
“In her botanical documentation, Betty strives to tell a whole story of the plant. Instead of presenting the perfect specimen, Betty paints it as it is – the torn and tattered American chestnut leaves, the bug-eaten witch-hazel leaves, or documenting the winter debris of sycamore or wild yam. Her perfection is the perfection of the survivor.”
Read Betty’s full bio and see more of her beautiful work on her website.
Lynda Richardson has over thirty years experience as a freelance magazine photographer and is the Art Director for Virginia Wildlife Magazine. Clearly she is also a talented illustrator! Lynda tells us:
“Drawing has always been in my life, I drew from the time I could hold a pencil. This illustration was made for a feature in Virginia Wildlife titled ‘Snakes in the Grass.’ The writer described snake heads as Frankenstein-like fish, great fighters with big scary teeth! I decided it would be funny to illustrate the story with the tongue in cheek drama of a 1940’s grade B movie poster. That’s me at the bottom of the boat!”
Great Work Betty & Lynda!