Top OBAR contest photos for August include stunning night sky

By on October 8, 2018

1st Place Winner by Bill Rosso.

On Sept. 19, after a delay in judging due to Hurricane Florence, OBAR staff announced the winners of their August photo contest in a Facebook live event.

Bill Rosso won the first-place prize of a $100 Visa Gift Card with his photo of the Milky Way over Pea Island with Mars rising on the horizon.  Using his Canon 60D Mark II camera, Rosso captured the scene with a 30-second exposure.

Said Rosso, “You see a lot of great sunset photos, but I was really drawn to the uniqueness of the night sky.”

Bill is a part-time photographer for Airbnb.  In his spare time, he is an avid climber, having ascended to Mt Everest Base Camp in 2017, and is climbing Mt Kilimanjaro this month.

You can see more of his photos on both his Instagram account, @GoHighPhoto, and his website,

2nd Place winner by George Farrow.

Second place went to George Farrow’s photo of a rusting, engineless Alumacraft boat beached on a copse of beach shrubs and sand, under a purple and blue sky. Farrow received a $50 Visa Gift Card. Farrow, a Southern Shores policeman, used his Google Pixel phone to capture the shot in the morning after one of his shifts.

Ryan Gregory snagged the Honorable Mention award of “Bragging Rights” with his whimsical puffer fish photo.  The photo was taken with his iPhone 7 while he was on his boat with family outside of Oregon Inlet.

Said Gregory, “I take all of my photos with my iPhone 7.” You can see more of his work on his Instagram page @ryanyamaha where it is obvious that he enjoys fishing, boating with family, and his chocolate Labrador Retriever.

The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® received over 70 photo submissions for the August Contest and another 48 for September.  Judging is currently under way for the September competition.

Honorable Mention by Ryan Gregory.

The contest, which is being held monthly through December, is a way to get a glimpse of how area locals embrace the Outer Banks.  Winning photographs are mounted on high quality canvas and displayed in the OBAR office.

This contest is limited to anyone living in the OBX that is 18 years and older.  Only photos from the Outer Banks will be accepted, but the sky is the limit for the subject matter (must be suitable for viewers of all ages). You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted.

By entering this contest, you give up any and all rights to any image(s) submitted to OBAR and further you give OBAR permission to use the image(s) in a manner as OBAR determines.

You will not be compensated for such use. However, where reasonable, OBAR will give you credit for the image(s).Photo submissions should be submitted via email to and should include name, address, & phone number. Good luck and get those cameras ready!

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