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    Best All-Around Photo: "Elephant Hugs" By Allan White, Davidson. "The photo was taken near Bains Camp in the Okavango Delta, in Botswana, which we visited in July. The elephants surrounding my wife, Joyce, were orphaned as a result of a herd cull in South Africa many years ago. They were adopted by an American zoologist who, along with his wife, use the somewhat independent elephants in anti-poaching efforts. They are also used in educational efforts to help mitigate elephant-human conflict."
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    Readers' choice winner: "A Night at Bogue Inlet Pier" By Allison Hankinson, Spindale "This photo was taken on my August visit to Emerald Isle. I walked under the pier and I saw this illumination of a single light underneath the pier, the lights cascading onto the waves. I stood there, taking many pictures, and I just watched the waves roll in."
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    Best People Picture: "Honey, I Shrunk the Family!" By Jen Kushner, Matthews "I had seen photos where people play with depth of field Ð playing up the size of toys, and things like that. So we tried that out in August at Kure Beach. The people in the picture are my mom, Shannon Perrault, and my younger sister, Madison. People watching us wondered what we were doing, and gave us funny looks."
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    Best Scenic Shot: "Aspens and Asters" By Randy Rogers, Mooresville "This was taken in the San Juan Mountains near Dolores, Colo., in July. July is the wildflower season in the area. Aspens and wildflowers are my favorite subjects there."
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    Best Scenic Shot finalist: "Roam Wild and Free" "These buffalo are crossing the Grand Prismatic Spring, in Yellowstone National Park, in June." Ted Norwood, Charlotte
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    Best People Picture finalist: "Mountaintop Dancing in Utah" "This is a photo from Salt Lake City, where Carly Hambridge danced this summer." Carly Hambridge, Matthews
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    Best Scenic Shot finalist: "The First Day: 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg" By AnnaLuree Wright, Concord "This is the re-enatment of the federal and Confederate troops meeting face-to-face on Culp's Hill, on the first day of the four-day battle at Gettysburg, Pa."
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    Best People Photo finalist: "Steamed" A family catches the full brunt of a geyser's steam blast: wrong place at the right time. by Connor Mikita, Boone
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