2017 Photo Contest Raises $2,300

Winyah Rivers Foundation Annual Photo Contest


Winyah Rivers Foundation is excited to annouce the 2017 Photography Contest winners!  Visit the Art Museum in Myrtle Beach to view them on tour.  Stay tuned for more details on upcoming tours this summer.

Category: Georgetown

1st Place, Joe Pinson "Sunrise Murrells Inlet"

2nd Place, Bronnie Fisher "Pawley's Pier"

3rd Place, Madison Hucks "Serenity"

Category: Wildlife

1st Place, Chris Hill "Savannah Sparrow"

2nd Place, Randy McDowell "Don't Pollute"

3rd Place, Greg Moser "Double Eagle"

Category: Scenic

1st Place, Christine Lizzul "Winter Harbor"

2nd Place, Whit Peterson "Along the Levee"

3rd Place, Selah Linder "Peace on the Ashley"

Category: Viewers Vote

Bronnie Fisher "Welcome Home"


The goals of this contest are to highlight the natural beauty of the Winyah Bay watershed and to support the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® program of Winyah Rivers Foundation.   Thank you to all our photographers who entered!  We're so grateful to you for your support and we just love all the pictures!  We're so excited to annouce we raised over $2, 300! Many of the winners donated their earnings back to us to help support our mission; fishable, swimmable and drinakble water for our families and our future.  We humbly thank you!  Special thanks to this year's sponsors: Francis Bunnelle Foundation, 803 Labs and Myrtle Beach Art Museum.

Check out our Choose Clean Water video that includes all the entries in our River Videos section...



Best in Show will receive a cash prize of $150, 1st Place winners in each category will also be awarded $100.00 cash and new this year is a Viewers Vote with $50 in cash prize.  All 2nd & 3rd place winners will also be awarded.  All photo entries will be available on our website’s gallery for a Viewers’ Vote and will be eligible for a chance to be selected as the “Viewer’s Voted Choice”. This winner will be chosen by the number of public votes it receives. Voting closes on May 4th and the winners will be announced at the reception on May 5th. Winners are eligible for only one prize. Winners will be allowed to purchase their enlarged photo made by 803 LABS after their tour. 

Winners will be announced at a reception at the Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum on Friday, May 5th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. The winning photographs will hang in the Museum, followed by the Horry County Courthouse and other venues.



2016 Photo Contest

The winning photos from the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program of the Winyah Rivers Foundation’s 2016 Photography Contest have begun their tour! They are currently on display at the Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum until May 26th. The photographs will then be transported to the Horry County Courthouse for the month of June, following the Georgetown County Library in July. The RIVERKEEPER® invites you to visit the photos along their tour!


The goals of this annual contest are to highlight the natural beauty of the Winyah Bay and its watershed and support the Waccamaw Riverkeeper program of the Winyah Rivers Foundation. The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program is sponsored by Winyah Rivers Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is "to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed, focusing on local activism through the  Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® program."


The four contest categories this year included Wildlife, Scenic, Cell Phone, and Georgetown County. A total of 83 beautiful photographs were entered into the contest. During the awards ceremony, hosted at the Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum on May 6th, Best of Show and 1st Place winners in each category received a cash prize of $100.00 and a framed photo print with an engraving. All 2nd & 3rd place winners were awarded with a RIVERKEEPER® shirt and ribbon. The remaining photo entries were entered into a pool for attendees to select a winner of the “People’s Choice” category during the ceremony. Congratulations to all of the winners! The RIVERKEEPER® would like to thank all of the participants in this year’s contest as well as the following sponsors: Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, 803 LABS, Inc., Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum, The Horry Independent, and Waccamaw Outdoors.  Special apprecation to Under the Great Lights for allowing us to use their hit song "This Must Be Love" to highlight our 2016 Annual Photo Contest. 


BEST OF SHOW: “This is My Boat” by Ashley Morrison


1ST PLACE: “North Inlet Salt Marsh and Shell Midden at High Tide” by Wendy Allen

2nd PLACE: “Clock Tower” by Tony Morano

3RD PLACE: “Christmas Day Eagle” by Jo Clark


1ST PLACE: “Come Sail Away” by Christine Lizzul

2ND PLACE: “The Red Bridge at Juniper Lake” by Willis-Whyte

3RD PLACE: “Fishing on the Waccamaw” by Patricia Graney


1ST PLACE: “Cedar Waxwing” by Robert Steffens

2ND PLACE: “Eagle” by Frazer Eades

3RD PLACE: “Afternoon Nap” by Wendy Bell


1ST PLACE: “Blue Casting” by Mary Beth Smith



2015 Photo Contest

Thank you to all of the talented photographers who participated this year! A special thank you goes to 803 Labs for providing beautiful prints of the winning photos, The printer does make the difference so please support 803 Labs. We also are grateful to Judges Shane Swanger and Dixie Dugan, the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum for hosting the awards ceremony on May 8th and displaying the winning photos that month , the Horry Independent and Waccamaw Outdoors for publishing the contest and winning photos, and Horry County for displaying the winning photos at the Government and Justice Center in downtown Conway through August.

BEST OF SHOW:  “What A Long Beak You Have” by Ashley Morrison (pictured above)

First Place Scenic:  “Beach Relics II” by Willis-Whyte

Second Place Scenic:  “Still Waters” by Christine Lizzul

Third Place Scenic:  “Bleached Beach” by Bonnie Boucher

First Place Wildlife:  “Up and Away” by Frank Perrotta

Second Place Wildlife:  “Great Blue Heron Feeding Time” by Bill Gobbel

Third Place Wildlife:  “Morning Sun” by Benjamin Coy

First Place Cell Phone:  “Swamp Fog” by Heather L’Heureux

Second Place Cell Phone:  “Waves of Emotions” by Joyce Vereen

Honorable Mention Youth:  “Cloud Cover” by Morgan Lee


2014 Photo Contest


BEST OF SHOW:  “Salt Life” by Christine M. Lizzul (pictured above)

First Place Scenic:  “Sailors Beware” by Cheryl McDowell

Second Place Scenic: “Rolling Wave” by Christine Lizzul

Third Place Scenic:  “Days End on the Creek” by Frank Perrotta

First Place Wildlife:  “Down The Hatch” by Bill Gobbel

Second Place Wildlife:  “Pretty In Pink”  by Frank Perrotta

Third Place Wildlife:  “Blue-Winged Teals” by Robert Steffens

Honorable Mention:  “Swimming at Sunset” by Rachel Pirttima

WRF Merit Award:  “Happy Talk” by Tony Morano


2013 Photo Contest

BEST OF SHOW: “Eerie Sunrise” by Terrah Hewett

First Place Youth: “Catch of the Day” by Ryan Trudeau

First Place Scenic: “New Moon Sunrise” by Donald Withers

Second Place Scenic: “Old Building” by Anthony Morano

Third Place Scenic: “Sunrise at the Pier” by Ron Koch

Honorable Mention Scenic: “Working the River” by Norm Yeo 

First Place Wildlife: “On Final Approach” by Frank Perrotta

Second Place Wildlife: “Pelican Detail #1” by Harry Edwards

Third Place Wildlife: “Eastern Bluebird in Flight” by Robert Steffens

Honorable Mention Wildlife: “The Great Adventure” by Brant Barrett