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Ellicott City Woman Wins Top Prize In DNR 2010 Photo Contest

Competition Included More Than 170 Photographers

Annapolis, Md. (September 23, 2010) —Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary John Griffin today announced the winners of the 7th Annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. More than 170 photographers entered 850 photographs this year. Debbie MacArthur of Ellicott City took overall top honors with her wildlife photograph, Chipmunk, of a chipmunk perched on a flowering tree.

Check Out a Slide Show of Some of the Winning Entries

“The photographs we received did an outstanding job of showcasing the natural beauty of our State, and I want to thank all of the photographers who shared their work with us for this contest,” said Secretary Griffin.

There were five additional first place winners, including Chuck Durfor of Rockville (Burnside Bridge) in the Scenic category; Larry Hitchens of Easton (Belted King Fisher) in the Bird category; Christine Edwards of Annapolis (Rounding the Red Buoy) in the Outdoor Recreation category; Lori R. Bramble of Cambridge (The Sweet Smell of Pollen) in the Insect category; and Lee Swantkowski of Kensington (Lotus) in the Plants category.

Second place winners included Larry Hitchens of Easton; Chuck Prahl of Cambridge; Donna Tolbert-Anderson of Easton; Fran Saunders of Cambridge; Scott T. Lintz of Sparks; and Daniel Harrison of Washington D.C.

“I am so thrilled,” said Grand Prize winner Debbie MacArthur. “I love photography and the chance to share it is just fabulous.”

MacArthur will receive the grand prize of $500, a 2011 Maryland State Park Passport, a lifetime subscription to the Maryland Natural Resource magazine and five copies of the 2011 DNR Calendar, which will feature the winning photo on the cover.

First place winners in each category will receive a Maryland State Park Passport, a two year subscription to the Maryland Natural Resource magazine and two copies of the 2011 DNR Calendar. Second place winners will receive a one-year subscription to the magazine and a calendar.

The winning photos will appear in the winter issue of The Maryland Natural Resource Magazine, as well as the 2011 DNR calendar. The Maryland Natural Resource magazine is published quarterly by DNR. Subscriptions are available at

Full list of winners:

Grand Prize Winner

  • Debbie MacArthur, Ellicott City, Chipmunk


  • First Place: Debbie MacArthur, Ellicott City, Chipmunk
  • Second Place: Larry Hitchens, Easton, Red Fox
  • Honorable Mention: Chuck Rygg of Gambrills, Toad
  • Honorable Mention: Joseph Soares Jr., Taylors Island, Baby Raccoons in Tree


  • First Place: Chuck Durfor, Rockville, Burnside Bridge in Sharpsburg
  • Second Place: Chuck Prahl, Cambridge, Sea Rust
  • Honorable Mention: Timothy Dicke, Baltimore, Falls at Sawmill Branch, Patapsco River
  • Honorable Mention: Ed Liske, East New Market, Blackwater Refuge


  • First Place: Larry Hitchens, Easton, Belted King Fisher
  • Second Place: Donna Tolbert-Anderson, Easton, Prothonotary Warbler
  • Honorable Mention: Linda Walls, Seaford, Del., Elvis is in the House
  • Honorable Mention: Dave Gigliott, Bel Air, Common Merganser


  • First Place: Lee Swantkowski, Kensington, B&W Lotus
  • Second Place: Daniel Harrison, Washington D.C., Flower at Brookside Gardens
  • Honorable Mention: Natalie Overholt, Westover, Thistle
  • Honorable Mention: Ed Liske, East New Market, Sunny Faces in Secretary


  • First Place: Lori R. Bramble, Cambridge, The Sweet Smell of Pollen
  • Second Place: Scott Lintz, Sparks, Insect in Sparks
  • Honorable Mention: Jesse Burneston, Preston, Butterfly on Flowers
  • Honorable Mention: Lori R. Bramble, Cambridge, Holding On

Outdoor Recreation

  • First Place: Christine Edwards, Annapolis, Rounding the Red Buoy
  • Second Place: Fran Saunders, Cambridge, Moody River at Choptank River
  • Honorable Mention: Eugene Byers, York, Pa., Crabbing
  • Honorable Mention: Lee Swantkowski, Kensington, The Flyfisher

   September 23, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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