This year’s Images of Distinction exhibit, sponsored and organized by the Cape Fear Camera Club, includes four photographs that were award winners in the 2023 Wrightsville Beach Magazine photography contest.
Robert Thurston won first place in the landscape category in Wrightsville Beach Magazine’s contest for his photo titled Ian’s Prelude.
Leesa Beckmann received an honorable mention in the wildlife category for Preening Pelican.
“As a wildlife photographer, my goal is to capture the essence of my subject in a moment of time. As I observe the subject, that I am about to photograph, time stands still for me. Whether it be an insect, a bird or an animal in the wild, my heart starts pounding, all troubles disappear. My focus is clear, and my finger is on the shutter button, ready to shoot. It thrills me to capture the action, by patiently waiting and observing, for the decisive moment in time,” Beckmann says.
Robert Dittmer won first place in the people category for Mermaid.
Kevin Giannini received an honorable mention in the wildlife category for two of his photos, Feeding Time and Foot Race.
Each year, Cape Fear Camera Club members submit photos for internal and Photographic Society of America competitions. The Images of Distinction exhibit features the “best of the best” from the current year’s contest entries. The club also awards a $500 scholarship to a college student pursuing the study of photography each year.
The exhibit runs at the Burgwin-Wright House in downtown Wilmington through Sept. 16. The Burgwin-Wright House is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.