by YOU! and YES! Staffers

Contest judged by Eric Ginsburg, Jordan Green and Ryan Snyder


“Winston-Salem Skyline” by David B. Powers

About the shot: A Jamestown resident who works in Winston-Salem, David B. Powers enjoys shooting photographs of Old Salem, including God’s Little Acre, the cemetery that lies to the south of downtown.

“It’s kind of a textbook shot, with foreground, middle ground and background,” he said. “It’s about the elements of composition. I like the image. I used Nik software and Photoshop to bring the sky in. I like the sharpness of the gravestones and the soft sky, but it’s a foreboding sky with the sense that it might rain. The gravestones are a textbook example of leading lines. Your eye follows those lines to some vantage point or some vista.”


“Untitled” by Randy Harris

About the shot: Randy Harris has been shooting the Wyndham Championship (or its previous incarnations under different names) for 21 years. Ironically, he’s a Duke fan, but he enjoyed photographing UNC basketball coach Roy Williams, whom Harris described as “a real crowd favorite.” Williams played in one of the Pro-Am events, and Harris recalled that there was an ongoing controversy about player PJ Hairston, a Greensboro native who had several brushes with the law and was ultimately dropped from the team at the end of the year.

“All the reporters wanted to ask him about [Hairston], and he didn’t want to talk about that,” Harris said. “It was interesting to see him navigate that. The fans were all there. He takes a lot of time to shake hands with people and they would give him hats to sign. On Wednesday you can take pictures, so people were taking a lot of cell-phone pictures.”


“Pier to Nowhere” by Chris Nowak

About the shot: Chris Nowak’s business, PuroClean, handles emergency mitigation and crime-scene clean up. His company is often called in to deal with mold and the aftermath of fire and flooding. While headed to an assignment, he spotted a beat-up looking house with a for-sale sign on High Rock Lake in Davidson County. He stopped to look the property over and was struck by the sight of the pier in the fog.

“I walked down to the lake,” he recalled. “It was the first and last time I’d been there. I’m not a photographer by any means. I looked at it and said, ‘This is a photo opportunity.’ I put it on my Facebook page, and my wife said, ‘How eerie this is.’”