Botanical garden names Shutterbugs contest winners
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012

Botanical garden names Shutterbugs contest winners

A close-up shot of a light purple Camassia flower with the added detail of a buzzing bee in the background took top honors in the annual Shutterbug Photography Contest at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

The Belmont garden getaway recently announced winners of its eighth annual photography competition, which drew amateur shooters from as far away as Colorado.

Walter Stopa of Rock Hill won best in show for the second consecutive year.

The garden received more than 300 entries for categories including architecture/artwork, events/celebrations, plants, seasons, water and wildlife.

Winning photographs in each category will be displayed in the Visitor Pavilion through March 18. You can also view them as well as a full list of winners on the garden's website soon at

First place winners were:

Best of Show: Walter Stopa, Rock Hill.

Architecture/Artwork (Adults): First place, Myra Wilson, Waxhaw.

Architecture/Artwork (Youth): First place, Owen Osborne, Charlotte.

Events/Celebrations (Adults): First place, Edgar Payne, Gastonia.

Events/Celebrations (Youth): First place, Elizabeth Grimes, Ayden.

Plants (Adults): First place, Walter Stopa, Rock Hill.

Plants (Youth): First place: Aparna Balakrishnan, Charlotte.

Seasons (Adults): First place, Mary June Rose, Gastonia.

Seasons (Youth): First PLACE, Elizabeth Grimes, Ayden.

Water (Adults): First place, Lindsay Suber, Gastonia.

Water (Youth): First place, Elizabeth Grimes, Ayden.

Wildlife (Adults): First place, Douglas Edwards, Charlotte.

Wildlife (Youth): First place, Caroline Lostetter, Charlotte.

Leigh Pressley is a Gastonia native and area freelance writer. Send her story ideas and comments at

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