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Dorchester County Man Wins Top Prize in DNR Photo Contest

Grand Prize Winner: Butterfly by Graham Slaughter

Grand Prize Winner: Butterfly by Graham Slaughter

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Joe Gill today announced the winners of the 10th annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. More than 150 photographers entered nearly 900 photographs this year. Graham Slaughter of Woolford took overall top honors with his photograph, Butterfly, of a Black Swallowtail sitting atop a golden Black-eyed Susan.

“Every year Marylanders look forward to the contest as talented photographers showcase our State’s diverse flora and fauna, and beautiful landscapes,” said Secretary Joe Gill. “I want to congratulate the winners and thank all who shared their great works.”

The five additional first place winners in each category are; The Catch by Robert Marshall of Dunkirk, in Birds; Center of the Sun by Curtis Harsh of Knoxville, in Flora; Morning Catch by Ink Byers of York, Pa, in People Enjoying State Parks; Fishing Pier by Joseph Soares of Taylors Island, in Scenic; and Aging Gracefully by Rick Dove of Crofton, in Wildlife.

Second place winners were; Graham Slaughter of Woolford; Lori R. Bramble of Cambridge; Yvonne Navalaney of Owings; Lesley Flaim of Ellicott City; Ink Byers of York, Pa; and Jan Branscome of Germantown.

“I’m very grateful that my photos were appreciated,” said Slaughter. “The Delmarva area is just a marvelous place to be photographed. Beautiful, scenic countryside offers such a variety of subjects.”

Slaughter will receive the grand prize of $500, a 2014 Maryland State Park Passport, a lifetime subscription to the Maryland Natural Resource magazine and five copies of the 2014 DNR Calendar, which will feature the winning photos.

First place winners in each category will receive a Maryland State Park Passport, a two-year magazine subscription and two calendars. Second place winners will receive a calendar and one-year magazine subscription.

The winning photos will also appear in the winter issue of DNR’s quarterly magazine. Subscriptions are available at More information on the photo contest is available at Check out the winning entries here.