JOHNSON CITY (April 2, 2014) —The Boone Watershed Partnership (BWP) photography contest entries will be on display through May 2 at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site.
The Best of Show award was presented to the dean of ETSU’s College of Public Health, Dr. Randy Wykoff, for “Heron in the Morning Mist.” The photo also took first place in the Landscape-Color division. In addition, Wykoff won third place in that division with “Feather on Boone Lake.”
Also honored in that category were George Brilmyer for “Boone Mist at Lake Village” in second place and Belinda Bridwell, who received honorable mention for “Frozen Blue Hole Falls.”
In the category of Landscape-Black and White, Michael Taylor’s “Reflection of Power” received the first place award.
For People and Water-Color, Rich Reece was named first place winner for “Kayaking on Holston River.”
In the category People and Water-Black and White, Chris Margotta was given honorable mention for “Creating Memories on Boone Lake.”
The Best of Show prize was $100, with a $25 award for the first place photos, as well as a $20 gift certificate for second place and a rosette for third place.
The BWP is a local nonprofit group dedicated to protecting and keeping clean the natural waters in the roughly 600 square mile watershed that feeds into Boone Lake. To highlight the beauty of the area, the group held the contest for photographs taken within the Boone Reservoir Watershed, including Boone Lake or its tributaries, such as Beaver Creek, the Watauga River and Brush Creek.