Photographer Chris Adamczyk, who won best in show in the JC Raulston’s annual juried print show, has some very good advice for all nature lovers, whether they pick up a camera or not.
“I think nature is all about stepping back and taking a closer look,” Adamcyzk said. “It’s really amazing what’s around us.”
Adamcyzk, 63, of Cary, didn’t pick up a digital camera until 2009. But the former senior research scientist at GlaxoSmithKline and science educator has honed her skills, taking home two prizes in this year’s contest. Full disclosure: Adamcyzk regularly shoots sports as a freelancer for The Cary News, which is owned by The News & Observer.
Beyond Best In Show honors for her “Sedum Spiral” photo, Adamcyzk also won third place for her “Gerber in Blue” photo.
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All the winning photos and a few judges’ favorites will be on display until the end of September in the Ruby McSwain Education Center at the Raleigh arboretum. The contest is a collaboration between the arboretum and the Triangle chapter of the Carolinas Nature Photography Association. All winners received cash prizes.
The other winners include:
▪ “End of Season,” by Dawn Willis, 59, of Cary, won first place.
▪ “Bejeweled” by Pamela McClure, 53, of Zebulon, won second place.
▪ “Reaching Far,” by Ireland Bazer, 12, of Raleigh, won youth best in show.