The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced the winners of the eighth annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine outdoor photo competition.

All winners will be published in the January/February 2013 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina, with the grand prize image, a close-up of a horse fly taken by Mickey Moten, of Kings Mountain, appearing on the cover. The photographs also will be exhibited at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, along with special showings throughout the year at other museums and wildlife education centers across the state.

“This year, rules required all entrants to be subscribers to the magazine and we were impressed by how talented our readers are,” said Mike Zlotnicki, associate editor of Wildlife in North Carolina. “I don’t think anyone appreciates conservation and North Carolina’s wildlife more than they do.”

Photos were judged in 10 categories, including two for youth. First-place winners by category:

  • Birds: Robert Travis, Cedar Mountain, male ruby-throated hummingbird
  • Mammals: Karl Chiang, Greenville, bull elk
  • Reptiles and Amphibians: Sharon Canter, High Point, tree frog
  • Invertebrates: John Petranka, Chapel Hill, praying mantis
  • Wild Landscapes: Scott Hotaling, Cullowhee, frozen field near Balsam
  • Wild Plants: John Petranka, Chapel Hill, dewy grass
  • Outdoor Recreation: Scott Hotaling, Cullowhee, hiker
  • Animal Behavior: Charles English, Wilmington, ibis
  • Youth Photographer, 12 and younger: Emma Kate Halstead, Walkertown, bumble bee
  • Youth Photographer, 13-17: Lucas Bobay, Holly Springs, hummingbird

Wildlife in North Carolina is published bimonthly by the Wildlife Commission. Subscribers to the magazine enjoy exceptional color photography and great articles on hunting, fishing, natural areas, wildlife research and the outdoors in every issue, with one-year and three-year subscriptions available online. Subscribers also receive a spring and a fall outdoor guide featuring the latest hunting, fishing and sportsman information.

Details and rules for the 2013 photo competition will be posted online at in May, and entries will be accepted from magazine subscribers beginning June 1.

Logo courtesy North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

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