Arts & Culture

2012 Spring Photo Contest

North Carolina is in bloom! View the finalists gallery and vote for your favorite photo that captures the beauty of North Carolina in the spring. Readers' Choice voting will continue through May 1.


Our State‘s spring photo contest is open for Readers’ Choice voting from April 24 to May 1. To view the finalists gallery and vote for your favorite, click here.

What happens now?

Judging was conducted by a panel of professional photographers and Our State staff. All eligible photographs were judged on originality, technical excellence, overall impact, and artistic merit.

Judges selected 48 finalists, including a contest grand prize winner (from across all categories) and a first place photo from each category. Photos in the finalist pool will be eligible for voting for Readers’ Choice favorite photo. Reader’s Choice voting will occur between April 24 and May 1. A single photo will not win more than one accolade during the contest.

The winning images will be announced by May 4, 2012.

Voting begins here between April 24 at noon and May 1, 2012 at noon. Readers may cast one vote per day per registered user. Based on those votes, a Readers’ Choice photo will be named. A single image will not win more than one accolade in the contest.

The winning image will appear online at, but will NOT be published in the print edition of Our State magazine.

Photos in this year’s contest were submitted into one of four categories:

  • Spring in Bloom (close up shots of flowers or plants)
  • Spring Landscapes & Scenics (wide, broad shots capturing large areas)
  • Rural Life in the Spring (scenes of spring in rural areas, on farms, etc)
  • Towns & Cities in the Spring (shots of spring in urban areas)

Prizes for this contest are coordinated by Our State Magazine and include:

  • Grand Prize Winner (as chosen from across all categories by the judges) – $250 Visa® Gift Card
  • Category Winners (in four main categories, as chosen by the judges) – Our State Gift Basket, valued at $60
  • Readers Choice Category Winner (as determined by vote counts by readers) – Our State Gift Basket, valued at $60
  • Total prizes for this contest are valued at more than $550 and prize package details are outlined in the Official Contest Rules.

Please Note
Please read the complete listing of Official Contest Rules for more details.

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17 Responses to 2012 Spring Photo Contest

  1. Diane says:

    Is there a contest for 2013

  2. Heather says:

    Not sure if I am just looking in the wrong place, but have the winners for this contest been announced yet?

  3. analee says:

    i can hardly wait to see who won the spring photo contest! none of my photos made it into the finalists but i voted every day. i feel so involved!

  4. Tracy Coonradt says:

    when will the next photo contest begin??

  5. Jason says:

    Does the close up category only pertain to flowers and plants, or will mushrooms also be accepted?

  6. Megan says:

    Why is it when i click on view all entries it says there are no current entires?

  7. Anne Grimes says:

    How do you make a correction to an entry?

  8. Kevin Minter says:

    Who do I submit pictures to and does it cost me anything?

    • ourstate says:

      Mr. Minter, You can submit pictures for free by clicking on the red icon above that reads, “Click here to enter and view photos.” Please let us know if you need any additional assistance.

  9. Rosie Martin says:

    These bleeding hearts adorn our front yard this year and are a beautiful sight to see.

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