Winners of our annual photo competition


A photo is a window on the world, a glimpse of what life is like from someone else's point of view.
This year, the winning pictures take us to new places, introduce us to new friends and show us things in a new way. Photographers with the top entries in Carolina Woman's annual competition didn't take snapshots – they created art.
This year, our readers set a new record for the number of submissions and made it even tougher for the staff to focus in on a few champs. It was, literally, a photo finish. In just the click of a camera, the following images managed to warm the heart, tickle the funny bone and, best of all, tell great stories.

Congratulations and thanks to all our readers who submitted entries.

Winners are:
- Pam Byars of Raleigh, First Prize
- Sudha Soora of Cary, Second Prize
- Allyssa Nicole Balbero of Raleigh, Third Prize

Honorable mentions are: Stephanie L. Girard of Chapel Hill, Sally Gouw of Durham, Jill L. Grosman of Cary, Kathi Haynes of Raleigh, Maddi Holland of Holly Springs, Kristen Hutchinson of Chapel Hill, Marilyn Osborne of Youngsville and April Leanne Simon of Durham.



First Prize:
"From a Clown's Point of View"

Prize: 18K White Gold Tahitian Pearl Drop Earrings from Jenny Garrett McLaurin Goldsmith, a $500 value



Second Prize:
"Organ Spectra"

Prize: $100 Gift certificate to New Horizons Trading Company



Third Prize:
"A Walk on the Beach"

Prize: Circuit Trainer by Finis, a $100 value



Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):





"Camel and His Coke"



"A Bride's Reflections"



"Who Are You Looking At?"



"Ready, Set, Jump!"



"Home Sweet Home"



"American Summer"



"Winter's End"