The votes are in for the WStoday 2023 Picture of the Year contest. Check out the finalists below, including the winner that you, our readers, voted for.
Winner: “The Quarry” by Elena G. (above)
We love how this photo captures the reflection of the trees and sky in the water at Grant Park. The colors are so crisp and you can see the skyline in the background. Elena’s photo came out on top with 27% votes.
Finalist: “After the Rain, the Stars Come Out”
Who is behind that orange umbrella? We might never know, but we could gaze at this illuminated walk behind Bailey South and wonder for hours. Coming in second place, Larry D.'s photo earned 16% of the votes.
Finalist: “Home in the Window”
We have the feeling of looking from the past into the present because the images outside this window in Old Salem are so crisp and familiar. The photo earned third place with 15% of votes.
Finalist: “Yoga in Bailey Park, Solar Flare with Stacks”
We feel like we’re part of the community yoga class soaking up the sunlight. The colors are calming yet we can feel the energy of Bailey Park.
Finalist: “The Hydration Station”
We love how this orange-hued snapshot of two well-known Winston-Salem images evokes a sense of the city’s history.
Finalist: “Head in the Clouds, AFAS”
While “The Chase” mannequin is a permanent fixture atop Mission Pizza, the soft clouds and black-and-white photo quality make us contemplate the piece’s message more deeply.
Finalist: “Cityscape from Quarry at Grant Park”
Talk about a view. We love the perspective that captures two iconic images of the city in one unique photo. This photo came in second with nearly 16% votes from our readers.