Slow and steady has won the race in the River Park North Photography contest.

Photos of turtles swept the adult professional category of the annual contest, which showcases nature photography taken at the park over the last year.

Briana Earl received first place for “Making Kin,” a closeup of a yellow-bellied slider retreating into its shell. Raven Moore received honorable mention for “Sunbathing Turtles,” which shows half a dozen reptiles perched atop logs in one of River Park’s ponds.

Both professional category winners are Greenville residents. But the contest, which features photos of landscapes and wildlife, also received entries from Winterville and Goldsboro.

Earl, a graduate of the University of South Dakota, has a bachelor’s degree in studio art with a specialization in photography. She is pursuing a master of fine arts degree at East Carolina University.

In the adult amateur category, Brennan Moore was awarded first place for “Prothonotary

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The iPhone 12 is one of the best-rated phones of all time on CNET thanks to its solid all-round performance and its 5G connectivity. It’s more “affordable” than the iPhone 12 Pro Max, lacking as it does some of the camera pizzazz, like the telephoto lens and lidar sensor. But its powerful photography software means this phone is still more than capable of taking some absolutely stunning photos.

If you’ve just gotten your hands on the iPhone 12 — perhaps a new purple model? — here are my tips on how to capture great photos. You don’t need to follow all of them, but keeping these ideas in mind will help you think more about your photography and turn otherwise forgettable snaps into memorable pieces of art. 


For this shot, I paid attention to the leaves in the foreground and the way the alleyway leads

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BIG RAPIDS – Artwork’s new exhibit, “Geology Rocks!” explores stones and geologic formations through photography. The exhibit’s images tell the history of the earth through rocks, making connections to Michigan along the way.

The exhibit is open now through Aug. 26 in the Batdorff Gallery.

The gallery features the photography of Stephen ross and his work “Lithoscapes: The Abstract Art of Rock,” sculptures by Autumn Bildson, and drawings by Julie Tyslicky. Special Brown Bag Lunch events include “Earth History as Told by Rocks” with geologist Fred Heck on Aug. 20.

Roxanne Cullen, volunteer exhibit coordinator with Artworks, said the exhibit will be a unique opportunity to learn about Michigan history through geology.

“The idea for the exhibit grew out of the photography of Stephen Ross who is a longtime Artworks supporter, an artist, former board chair, and former about every job in artworks including keeping track of the upkeep

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