Meet the winners from our photography contest.
In search of the best images from around the Lowcountry, LOCAL Life partnered with
Outside for the inaugural photography contest. Photographers were asked to submit their very best #ImagesoftheLowcountry for a chance to win $250 in “Images of the Lowcountry” Outside store credit and publication in LOCAL Life. Photos were judged by local pros Lisa Staff and Marge Agin.
Judges’ Choice, Professional
Image: I Spy
Description: Can you see me? Captured in my backyard in Moss Creek.
About the photographer:
Lives in Moss Creek
Got serious about photography in 2012
Became a full-time resident in 2016
Operates Trish Cosentino Photography
Here are four of Trish’s favorite photos:
The Pose: A male yellow-crowned night heron performing a neck-stretching display for females, showing off his long shoulder plumes.
Summer Dress: The Lowcountry marsh in summer dress with an evening light show.
Solo Flight: A black-bellied whistling duck flying solo across the golden pond grasses.
Coneflower Perch: The echinacea flower providing a resting spot for the buckeye butterfly.
“Living on the marsh and witnessing the tidal and seasonal changes is fascinating. As a photographer, I am often chasing the light and attempting to catch the colors and light angles as they cross over and illuminate the marsh grasses and sky.” — Trish Cosentino
Judges’ Choice, Amateur
Description: This great blue heron was right outside my back door in the lagoon. It’s as if it was sitting for a portrait. That’s one of the awesome blessings about living in the Lowcountry. There’s always a photo opportunity! (Hess wins $250 Outside Hilton Head store credit for use in the store or on an adventure).
About the photographer:
Lives in the Overlook at Battery Creek in Beaufort.
Mostly self taught. She bought a camera nine years ago.
A full-time oncology nurse with dreams of starting a photography business.
Specializes in nature photography. Birds are her favorite subject.
“I love being outside and taking photos of creation.”
Inspired by Lowcountry photographer Kelley Luikey.
Here are two of Cyndi’s favorite photos:
Sandpiper: Taken at Hunting Island. This photo has been gifted to many. It hangs in the home of one grandmother who said it represented her six grandchildren.
Fire Sky: Taken at Whitehall Park in Beaufort. I was at the right place at the right time but with too little time.
Readers’ Choice, Professional
Image: Lowcountry Tranquility
Description: View of the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse from Daufuskie Island.
It doesn’t get more Lowcountry than this!
About the photographer:
Lives at Haig Point on Daufuskie Island
Moved here from Charlotte in 2017
Mostly shoots landscapes and outdoor portraits
Operates Toni Regene Photography
Here is another one of Toni’s favorite photos:
Followed this beautiful egret up and down the shores of Daufuskie as he was hunting for fish. Snowy Egret Fishing:
Readers’ Choice, Amateur
Image: Reflections at Sunset
Description: Serenity on Point Comfort Creek. This photo was taken by 14-year-old Cade Kriscunas, who simply enjoys photography. He took it with an iPhone.
Many times he uses filters, but he did not on this one.
BEST OF THE REST
See all entries below. If you’ve taken a great local photograph, we would love to see it! Email a high-res image and details to
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ALL AMATEUR ENTRIES
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After the storm – Taken on Fripp Island with Hunting Island in The distance. Setting sun gave the sky and Even the rainbow an unusual orange tint.
Alligator Reflection – I was out walking my dog near a lagoon and out pops the gator’s head to say hi. I must say we were not very friendly and walked quickly away after getting this shot.
American Alligator During Mating Season – Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
Beach Serenity – There’s nothing more calming.
Beautiful Bluff – Taken one morning while appreciating one of Old Town Bluffton’s pocket parks.
Beauty of Tower – The sun setting on another perfect day.
BLM March in Bluffton – Peacefully protesting to be heard in downtown Bluffton.
Bluffton Oyster Company – Lowcountry sunset
Broad Creek at Dusk – Slowly Comes the Night
Broad creek sunset – Summer sunset on broad creek in shelter cove
Captain Andrew – The shrimp boat “Captain Andrew,” which was dry docked near Hudsons on the Skull Creek. One perfectly placed cloud and a beautiful sunset made for an awesome scene.
Caught in the Act – He just looked at me like “Yeah, so what?”
Clearing Skies – Harbor Town Pier was my turnaround point of my Saturday long run. I liked the different perspective being there earlier in the day while the sun began to dry the rain from the pier.
Dawn’s Early Light – The unexpected thrill of the morning sun on our nation’s flag during a boat photo tour in the Lowcountry is guaranteed to give a person chills! The glistening marsh grass and blue skies made a perfect morning!
Days End – Sunset over the May
Days end on Skull Creek – Shore side shrimp feast!
Embrace the Calm – Skull Creek looking back at Hudson’s dock.
Factory Creek – Ladys Island, SC
Family Squabble – A tree full of Cormorants at Pinckney Wildlife Refuge.
Finding Fish – This Snowy Egret was patiently waiting for the right time to strike at Burke’s Beach.
God’s Glorious Artwork – Sunset at Skull Creek
Great Horned Owl – A Rest and then a Hunt
Harbour Town – Red sky at night
Harbour Town Happiness – The very first day we moved to the Lowcountry, we drove straight to the beach to watch the sunset. Harbour Town did not disappoint! Every Lowcountry sunset is breathtaking, but we’ll never forget the very first one we saw.
Heading Home – The end of fun evening. Docking at Hudson’s for dinner and friendly dolphin show. Then tubing with family into the sunset. Memories were made!
Heading South – An evening flight over the coastline
Heaven – Follow Field Beach
Hollow Palm – The wrath of nature is so amazing & intriguing. Beautiful yet sad.
Hudson’s Shrimp Boats – Late afternoon cruise by Hudsons presented me with this awesome photo opportunity with some enhancement by Photomatix.
Island of the Rising Sun – Image I was inspired to capture after reading the Photographic Issue from Local Life. Taken from the southern end of Hunting Island State Park on September 2nd, 2020.
Jumping for Joy – Taken from the Salty Dog cruise on my iphone, I was lucky enough to capture this one in a million picture. My next door neighbor is a professional and I was honored when I saw it hanging in his entryway next to his own work!
Kayak Shrimping – Casting for shrimp near Mungen Creek off the south end of Daufuskie Island.
Lazy Gator – I followed this gator who was swimming off my dock for 20 minutes with my camera and then he did this! It’s actually a yawn. I guess I just wasn’t that interesting!
Light after the Storm -Hurrican Matthew 2016 – In the aftermath & destruction of Hurricane Matthew in 2016 – our St. Francis statue stood tall among the debris & the sunlight shown directly on it!
Low Country Gator – Unlikely companions.
Low Country Rocker – After the shower
Lowcountry Grace – Snowy Egret in Flight
Lowcountry Moon – The full moon rising over Braddock Cove in late summer
Lowcountry sunrise – Morning beach greeting at Palmetto Dunes
Lowcountry Tide – Swirls of Blue and White
Lowcountry Tree – Tranquility and a slower paced lifestyle- it truly is a great state of mind.
Lunch time – Great White Heron looking for its lunch.
Marsh Moon – Moonrise over Mackay Creek.
Morning at Pinckney Island – Solo bird in the morning light on the pond at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Morning Has Broken – Taken on February 6,2020…when all was still right in the world. A Big Orange sunrise bright enough to make my skin glow.
Nature’s Takeout – Osprey enjoying it’s freshly caught dinner
No Shrimping Today – Taken off Trask Highway near Seabrook. Alas, it’s now capsized
Out of The Water – Water Spout
Over the rainbow for hatchlings – Hilton Heads “Shells” of gold
Perfect Threes! – A Butterfly Iris Sports Petals for Wings!
Pine Island Fog – Foggy morning on the Pine Island boardwalk.
Reflections at Sunset – Serenity on Point Comfort Creek
Reflections on Hilton Head Beach – Two people walk along Hilton Head Beach. The sky reflects in the water left by the low tide.
Sail Trimming – Captain in action on the bow heading from Port Royal Sound into the Broad River.
Sea Of Grass – View from the passenger window, driving across bridge.
September Sunset – St. Helena Island Sunset
Serenity – Hunting Island Beauty
Shipyard Sunrise, HHI – September 11, 2018
Shrimp Boats At Sunset – Seized the moment of this beautiful sunset taking place behind the quiet shrimp boats while waiting for a table at Fishcamp on 11th in Port Royal.
Shrimp trawler at sunrise – Perfect timing. Always wanted to capture a good picture of the iconic SC shrimp trawler. The fact that it happened during a sunrise and in a perfect position was thrilling.
Shrimping on Calibogue Sound – This was taken from a sailboat as the shrimp boat passed us on its way to the dock.
Sibling Rivalry – A pair of juvenile snowy egrets have a playful exchange on Fripp Island.
Sky’s the Limit – Sun of a beach
South Beach Sunset -A serene sunset near the Salty Dog
Stargazer – This Great Blue Heron was right outside my back door in the lagoon. That’s one of the awesome blessings about living in the Lowcountry!
Sunrise over Port Royal Sound – Another Lazy Southern Day
Sunrises Lines – Love the vistas we enjoy here while biking our beaches.
Sunset across Skull Creek – Beautiful electric sunset radiates the evening sky above Pickney Island.
Sunset along the Calibogue Sound – It was a beautiful evening along the Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines.
Sunset in Windmill – You can never get tired of our beautiful sunsets on Hilton Head Island.
The 18th Hole – Charles Fraser’s fingerprints are all over Hilton Head Island, but this stretch of the final hole of Harbour Town Golf Links captures so much of his legacy with the beauty of the Calibogue Sound, natural marshes and trees that he worked so hard to preserve, the element of world-class competition with a challenging golf hole and the candy-striped Harbour Town Lighthouse that has become a world-famous landmark.
The Point – Sunset at Old House Creek Pier, more affectionately known as “The Point” for me. I spent many of my childhood days here crabbing, running after fiddler crabs and “bogging” in the mud.
Timing – Photo taken on Pine Island Beach at Dolphin Head
Twilight in the Lowcountry – I watched this scene unfold over twenty minutes and took the photo when the dock and boat lights were in communion with the sky.
White Ibis – White Ibis flying over Ibis Pond, Pinckney Island.
Winding road – Secluded and mysterious, this image evokes a sense of serenity.
ALL PROFESSIONAL ENTRIES
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“Double Take” – Captured these two “shore birds” during an overcast day on Hilton Head Island. They were on a sandbar in Port Royal Sound discussing dinner plans.
A New Lowcountry Day – Sunrise is one of the most beautiful scenes to experience on Hilton Head Island! The most peaceful, beautiful start to a new day in the Lowcountry.
Boating Life – The smooth waters of Broad Creek are welcoming, even on a cool December afternoon.
Double Vision – The perfect trifecta- of subject, weather, and place…
Golden Hour Golf – Light shining through the Spanish moss casting shadows across Long Cove’s 13th green as the sun sets over Broad Creek.
I Spy – Can you see me? (Captured in my backyard in Moss Creek)
Lowcountry High – Captured while boating with friends on Jarvis Creek. (Leica M P-240 w/ 21mm Summilux Lens)
Lowcountry Tranquility – View of the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse from Daufuskie Island. It doesn’t get more Lowcountry than this!
Summer Joy – Coligny Beach at sunset brings celebration and somersaults on the beach
Sunset at the Okatie – A peaceful evening showcasing the lovely colors and textures of a Lowcountry sunset on the marsh.
The Cornerstone – Old Sheldon Church was one of the first sights that my fiancé and I went to see when we moved here a handful of months ago, and is still one of our favorite places to go shoot. This is a photo representing the grandeur of the ruins.
The Joseph Diane – Calibogue Sound
The Sky Is On Fire – Shelter Cove as seen from the promenade area across from the Poseidon Restaurant.
Tide Pool – Photo taken at South Beach on Hilton Head Island, SC
Water Sports – Shelter Cove – HHI, SC