Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK) has chosen the best photographs from across the 5,500 square mile watershed submitted for the annual photography contest. Judges sorted through images that highlighted what makes the Ogeechee and Canoochee Rivers, and the surrounding areas, ecologically and aesthetically remarkable.

This year, guest judge and photographer Parker Stewart led the selection process.

Stewart is based in Savannah, Georgia, and is currently focusing his time photographing the coast of Georgia and the river basins that flow in the region.

I was so excited to be asked to judge the Ogeechee Riverkeeper annual photography contest. The Ogeechee is such a beautiful and diverse expanse. There’s nothing better than exploring and photographing the winding black water rivers which flow out towards the most pristine barrier islands on the east coast.

Parker Stewart

The 2021 winners are: 

Black and White –  Winner: Scarboro Landing, Janet Strozzo Anderson; Runner-up: River Rain, William Harrell

Scarboro Landing
Scarboro Landing Credit: Janet Strozzo Anderson

Funny Wildlife – Winner: Tree Climber, Wesley Hendley; Runner-up: Cormorant, Janet Strozzo Anderson

Tree Climber
Tree Climber Credit: Wesley Hendley

Landscape – Winner: Kings Ferry Landing, Ted Grey;  Runner-up: White Chimney Creek, Claude Howard

Kings Ferry Landing, Ted Gray
Kings Ferry Landing Credit: Ted Gray

Plant life – Winner: Tree, Near Morgans Bridge, James Maddox; Runner-up: Stump, Kathleen Kuehn

Tree, Near Morgans Bridge, James Maddox
Tree, Near Morgans Bridge Credit: James Maddox

Portrait – Winner: New Friends, Montana Tohm

New Friends, Montana Tohm
New Friends Credit: Montana Tohm

Wildlife – Winner: Barred Owl, William Harrell; Runner-up: Pileated Woodpecker, Wesley Hendley

Winner: Barred Owl, William Harrell
Barred Owl Credit: William Harrell

Honorable Mentions – Heart Tree, Tamara Shurling (Plant Life); Kayak Trail, Brett Tatom (Landscape); Free, Gretchen McLeod (Landscape); Big Daddy, Merritt Garrett (Funny Wildlife)

All winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions are available to view at ogeecheeriverkeeper.org, Flickr album or click below.