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The 2023
Cape Fear Living
Photographer of the Year


We are looking for the best photographs and photographers that capture our beautiful Coastal Cape Fear Region. From Topsail Beach to Bald Head Island.

Open to professional and amateur, old and young. The awards celebrate the very best in Cape Fear Living.

Rise to the challenge and become the 2023 Cape Fear Living Photographer of the Year.

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How to Enter

Entering is easy:

1. Complete the registration form.

2. Pay the $20 entry fee.

3. Upload your photos.


If you experience any difficulties uploading or entering your images, please contact for assistance.


The non-refundable submission fee is $20 for up to 3 digital images. There is no limit to the number of images you may enter,

but you cannot change or remove images once they're submitted.

Who Can Enter?

Cape Fear Living Photographer of the Year is open to professional and amateur photographers anywhere. The photographs entered must depict the Coastal Cape Fear Region and showcase, "Capturing Coastal Carolina Charm."


There are 3 categories:


Landscape: From sunrise to sunset, enter your spectacular captures of beaches, forests, birdlife, wildlife, cityscapes & drone footage. 

Portrait: Showcase the faces of our region. It may be a spontaneous moment or a more traditional formal portrait.

Weddings: As one of the Top wedding destinations, we want to see your beautiful and captivating photographs.

Win the prestigious title of Cape Fear Wedding Photographer of 2023.

What is the deadline for the contest?

The competition closes on 15 July 2023 at midnight.

How are winners chosen?

Winning photographs will be selected by guest judge, renowned Photographer Matt Ray, Editor in Chief & Photographer
Colleen Thompson, and a panel of our sponsors.

An overall winning photographer will be chosen and crowned: The 2023 Cape Fear Living Photographer of the Year.

Two Honorable Mentions will be awarded.

Winners will also be chosen in each category.

Honorable Mentions will be awarded to 2 photographs/photographers in each category.

50 Photographs will be selected for an in person week long exhibition at End of Days Distillery, Wilmington, NC (date to be announced). 

Photographers will be allowed to sell their photographs at the Exhibition.

Photographs will be also be exhibited in our online gallery.



The 2023 Cape Fear Living Photographer of the Year will receive the following:

  • The title: "2023 Cape Fear Living Photographer of the Year." 

  • $500 in cash.

  • The winning photographer will headline our homepage in the month of July, 2023.

  • A feature story and interview with the winning photographer for Cape Fear Living.

  • A Press Release announcing the winning photographer and showcasing the winning photograph.

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