The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is accepting entries through Sept. 1, 2018, for its popular Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition. The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages except for employees of the NCWRC, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and their immediate families.

Entrants must be either current magazine subscribers or younger than 18 years old. Last year, almost 1,500 images were submitted for the contest. Only photographs taken in North Carolina since Sept. 15, 2014, are eligible.

The competition encourages people to participate in nature photography, thereby fostering greater understanding and appreciation of North Carolina’s wildlife and wild places.

Photos will be judged in 10 categories: birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, invertebrates, wild landscapes (peaks, valleys, plains and beaches of the state), wild plants and fungi (no cultivated plants), outdoor recreation, animal behavior, youth photographer, ages 13-17 and 12 and under.

No pets or domestic animal images will be accepted except for those associated with people in outdoor recreation.

The grand prize winning image will be published on the cover of the Jan.-Feb. 2019 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine and pays a cash award of $200.

First place in all categories pays $100; second place, $100; third place, $50. All winners will be published in the Jan.-Feb. 2019 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine and their photos exhibited at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. They’ll also receive a print of their winning image from JW Photo Labs.

The judging is done by a panel of members from the Commission, members of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and professional wildlife photographers.

For entry information, visit www.ncwildlife.org/contest.

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Four Tar Heel fishermen have qualified for the Aug. 10-12 FLW Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Ouachita, Hot Springs, Ark., with a top prize of $300,000. They are Bryan Thrift and Matt Arey, both of Shelby, David Williams of Maiden and Shane LeHew of Catawba. 

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Five N.C. anglers earned checks at the June 28-July 1 FLW Tour event at Lake St. Clair, Harrison Township, Mich.

Thrift had the strongest showing, ranking fifth with 87-13 for $19,000. Williams weighed in 61-10 for the 15th spot and $12,000. Arey placed 18th with 59-13, and LeHew finished 19th with 59-10. They each collected $12,000. Shane Lineberger of Lincolnton ranked 35th with 38-11, winning $10,000.

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Keith Joyce of Apex placed seventh at the June 30 Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division event at Kerr Lake with 11-2 that paid $713.

Other Tar Heels in the money were Kay Choosakil of Sanford, ninth, with 10-11 that paid $571; Shane Burns of Durham, 21st, with 8-10 that paid $274; Michael Birr of Franklinton, 23rd, with 8-8 that paid $264; and Marty Warren of Elon, 24th, with 8-6 that paid 257.

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Kernersville’s Joel Richardson finished 31st at the June 21 Costa Series Northern Division tournament at Lake Champlain with 35-1, earning $2,100.

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Bo Russell held three tournaments recently, two at Badin Lake and one at High Rock.

Gerald Ritchie of Richfield and Zach Davis won the July 5 contest at Badin with 8.14 on three fish with the biggest weighing 4.24 pounds.

James and Cody Thompson topped the field at the July 7 Badin wildcat with 15.53 pounds, a catch featuring a 6.09-pound bass. Runner-ups Aaron and Anthony Brooks had 13.40 pounds. Angela and Casey Fox of Sanford placed third bringing in 12.00 pounds.

John Lancaster and Thomas Carroll won the July 8 High Rock tournament with 11.94 pounds on three fish and took big-fish bragging rights with a 4.44-pound bass.

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Kelly Logan of Morganton captured the June 30 American Bass Anglers Open Series N.C. Division event at Lake Hickory with 20.03 pounds, a catch anchored with a 5.63-pound bass. He caught his fish shallow with a jig to bank $5,000.

Statesville’s Michael Fox used the opposite approach taking his fish from points in 25 feet of water to place second with 19.05 pounds; Greensboro’s Mark Inman ranked third with 16.43 pounds followed by Jeffrey Queen of Catawba in fourth with 15.70 pounds.

Tony Garitta is a fishing columnist for The Dispatch.