The 16th annual Tulip Extravaganza Photography Contest has yielded beautiful depictions of the numerous tulip displays in downtown Hendersonville.

With 98 entries to choose from, judges had a lot of back and forth over their top picks, according to Barbara Hughes, owner of Narnia Studios, sponsors of the event.

“Because of the temporal nature of the tulips, we are looking for a way to preserve the beauty for marketing downtown while including the public in celebrating their ephemeral nature,” Hughes said. 

The overall winner is Diane Case of Hendersonville, whose photograph of a brilliant yellow and orange dutch tulip appears with the beautiful, massive Vasily Polevoy mosaic (in the 300 block of Main Street) as a backdrop created an unusual and dramatic perspective.

The tulips are in the foreground with a perfect balance. This made for an excellent composition.

The photo is titled “Main Street - Where Art and Nature Meet."

With so many entries to choose from, the judges also chose a pre-dawn photograph by Edgar Ward as runner-up, titled “Easter Morning Sunrise."

This had the appeal of being shot while it was still dark, with the photographer using a 30-second time delay to allow light from the hand held LED lamp to illuminate the tulips.

The public can view a slide show of almost 60 of the entries at www.narniastudios.com/community-events.