The entry period for Our State‘s lighthouse photo contest ended July 18. Thank you to all who entered and to those who voted. The winning photographs are featured in the slideshow below. Enjoy!


  • Readers Choice Winner (tie): Bodie View by Melissa H. of East Bend and Reflections by Staci B. of Kinston
  • Close-up Category Winner: Sunrise Off Lens by Andrew S. of Greensboro
  • Landscape Category Winner: The Nightshift Begins by Farris L. of Burgaw
  • Black & White Category Winner: Currituck Spiral by Jack C. of Pisgah Forest
  • Grand Prize Winner: Bodie Island Lighthouse by Dave A. of Hendersonville

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