A photographer from Wilkesboro took Best in Show in the Wilkes Art Gallery’s 42nd annual Blue Ridge Overview Juried Photography Competition.
“Mountains on the Mind” by Eiryn Reynolds was chosen for this honor by Bryan Rierson, a Yadkinville-based photographer who was juror for the 2023 Blue Ridge Overview competition. Rierson’s photos are on display in the Kulynych Gallery section of the Wilkes Art Gallery.
The Best in Show winner was a photomontage consisting of the profile head and shoulders image of a young man merged into a mountainside in a way that made them appear as one.
Reynolds also received first place in the Nature and Environments category with “Among the Giants,” an upward view of large Western evergreen trees with a person looking up at them.
Reynolds has a degree in photojournalism from Gardner-Webb University and works for Lowe’s Companies inc.
Also in the Nature and Environments category, “Up, Up and Away” by Liz Crono took second place and “Pea Blossom” by Barry Bauguess was third.
In the Photographer’s Choice category, Sandy Anderson took first place with “Memories of the Past” and second place with “Reflections of Fall.” Anderson also won second place in the Everyday Life category with “Tattered & Worn.”
Also in the Everyday Life category, “Little Walk with Jesus” by Jessica Osborne of took first place and “Down the Tube We Go” by Brenda C. Gee was chosen for third place.
Kevin Balling received third place in Photographer’s Choice with “Abandoned,” as well as first place in the Abstract category with “Rear Window.”
Also in the Abstract category, James Price took second place with “Liquid Sky” and Zachary Smith received third place with “Wood Grain.”
The People’s Choice Award is scheduled to be awarded Feb. 17. Visitors to the Wilkes Art Gallery can view Blue Ridge Overview entries, which remain on display, and cast their vote for this award then.
The Blue Ridge Overview exhibition opened on Jan. 20 will remain up until Feb. 24. It features the work of photographers from across the Blue Ridge region.
The Wilkes Art Gallery is at 913 C Street, North Wilkesboro. Admission is free for all exhibitions and openings.
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