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The Big Shots July/August 2014 Issue

Each winning entry in our annual photo contest offered a marvelous depiction of what makes summer in the South special. Beaches, outdoor activities, festivals, and iconic Southern landmarks were the top photos from more than 50 that were judged by our panel of editors and photographers. It’s our pleasure to present the Best of the South photo contest winners for 2014. Thanks to all our photographers who entered.

1st Place: “Summer sunshine”

When Caroline Williams graduated in 2012 from Ole Miss (University of Mississippi), her parents gave her a Nikon D5100 camera.

“I’ve had point-and-shoot cameras all my life. Growing up on the beach (Pass Christian, Miss.), I always had something to shoot,” Williams said.

She looked through her many photographs and entered this photo from Key West because it best captured summer in the South, according to Williams.

“My family and I were vacationing in the (Florida) Keys and went to Key West for the day. We were in Mallory Square waiting for the Sunset Celebration. I take my camera everywhere, and when I turned around, I thought this was the perfect shot,” she said.

Her job as an engineer requires a lot of travel, and Williams soon will relocate to New York state.

“I’m going to miss living in the South,” she said. “I hope to get home as often as I can.”

key west

“Summer Sunshine”
Caroline Williams

Captured with a Nikon D5100


2nd Place: “Late summer fishing”

On his way home from Slidell, Fred E. Husserl of Metairie, La., saw a moment that was too beautiful to let slip away. As the sun set over Lake Pontchartrain, Husserl pulled over on U.S. Highway 11 and grabbed his camera.

“I tried to compose several shots (of) a fishing boat–they did not work. To the left, I spotted the fisherman, and the image was just right as he stood and cast slowly, probably enjoying the sunset as much as I did. This is the essence of Louisiana: water, sunsets, fishing, and the privilege to enjoy it all,” Husserl said.



“Late Summer Fishing”
Fred E. Husserl

Captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III


3rd Place: “Sunrise east beach”

A resident of Ocean Springs, Miss., Carlos Rodrigo Mendoza said he woke up on a Sunday to capture the sunrise at East Beach with his camera. “The weather was perfect, not too cold or too hot,” he said. “I took different images in different angles and perspectives, but I love this shot because I could capture the rays of light around the sun touching the grass.”


“Sunrise East Beach”
Carlos Rodrigo Mendoza

Captured with a Nikon D5100


Honorable Mention:

A Cinco de Mayo celebration in at Salsa’s restaurant in Hot Springs.

Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark II by Cal Britton, Little Rock, Ark.

Cinco De Mayo


Honorable Mention:

Photo of Stanton Hall in Natchez, Miss.

Taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T1i by Regina Whittington of Scott, Ark.

Staton Hall

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