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September 10, 2009

Charlotte, NC-- Winning entries of the 2008-2009 “Nature of Mecklenburg” Photography Contest will be exhibited at Shain Art Gallery, 2823 Selwyn Avenue on Friday, September 18, 2009, 5:30pm-7:30pm and Saturday September 19, 10am-5pm.  Admission is FREE. A ceremony and reception to recognize winners will be held Friday at 6:30pm. Space is limited. Anyone wishing to attend the reception is asked to RSVP to or 704 516-2442.  Public and media are invited to the reception and exhibition.
The 2008-2009 Nature of Mecklenburg Photography Contest and Exhibition is conducted by Partners for Parks and the Charlotte Region of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association to underscore the beauty of Mecklenburg County’s parks, nature preserves and greenways and as a fundraiser to support Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department’s facilities and programs. 

Forty- five photographers submitted 136 entries, and the contest produced extraordinary scenes captured by photographers, who paid $15 for the right to enter each set of up to three photographs.  Proceeds from the contest will go to  Partners for Parks, the private, non-profit organization which promotes parks, greenways and open space in Mecklenburg County. The photos will also be available for promotional use by Park and Recreation.  Entry photos were taken between September 15, 2008 and July 15, 2009.  Both amateur and professional photographers were eligible to enter in four categories:  Plant Life, Landscapes/Scenic, People in Parks, and Wildlife. 

Prizes will be awarded for:

  • First Place Overall: $300 cash (One prize awarded)
  • Second Place:  $150 Gift Certificate to Biggs Camera  (Four awards, one in each category)
  • Third Place: $100 (Four awards, one in each category)
  • Honorable Mention:  (additional photographs selected, based on merit)

Winners were selected by a panel of jurors including:  Joe Ciarlante, Director of the photography program for the Art Institute of Charlotte; Jane Faircloth, owner of Transparencies Inc, a Photo Stock Agency; Dennis Kiel, Curator of The Light Factory; and Bert Fox:  Director of Photography for the Charlotte Observer. 

In coming months, winning photos will also be displayed at regional public libraries in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.  After the exhibition and reception at Shain’s Art Gallery, attendees are invited to make dinner reservations next door, at Nolen’s Neighborhood Kitchen and Tavern, a participating sponsor of the exhibit, by calling 704 372-1424 or (mention the Photo Reception). 


Office Location:

Park and Recreation 5841 Brookshire Blvd Charlotte, NC 28216

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.


Patsy Houston