PEC Announces Annual Photo Contest Winners for 2022


Hugh Kenny, Multimedia Communications Specialist
The Piedmont Environmental Council; 540-347-2334, ext. 7024

VIRGINIA PIEDMONT, VA (Nov. 22, 2022) – The Piedmont Environmental Council is pleased to announce its 2022 annual photo contest winners. Each year, professional and amateur photographers alike submit their best Virginia Piedmont images from Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock counties and the City of Charlottesville.

“At PEC, we work to connect people to the landscapes, communities and heritage of Virginia’s Piedmont. The beautiful images that local photographers submit to this contest help us tell important stories and allow people to experience this wonderful place in new and exciting ways,” said Hugh Kenny, PEC’s multimedia communications specialist and the contest coordinator.

Finalists from among hundreds of entries are chosen by a team of professional photographers and PEC staff. The winners are selected by public vote. Winners in each adult category receive a gift certificate to a participating Buy Fresh Buy Local restaurant, and the youth winner receives an iTunes, Google Play or Amazon gift card.

This year’s winners are:

  • In the category of Beautiful Landscapes: Cassidy Girvin, of Charlottesville, for “Sunset Casts a Warm Glow.” Caption: “Sunset casts a warm glow over Crozet at the peak of fall foliage.”
  • In the category of Native Plants and Wildlife: Joshua Rector of Upperville in Fauquier County, for “Spotted.” Caption: “A short-eared owl hides amongst the tall grasses only to be given away by its bright, yellow eyes in a field in Fauquier County.”
  • In the category of Local Farms and Food: Dorothy Kray of The Plains in Fauquier County, for “A Mother’s Love.” Caption: “A Texas Longhorn who adores her calf in The Plains, VA.”
  • In the Youth Category: Simon Wray of Crozet in Albemarle County, for “Raccoon Scaling a Tree.” Caption: “A Raccoon scales a tree in the woods in Crozet, VA.

Since 1972, The Piedmont Environmental Council has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, improve air and water quality and build thriving communities. PEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and accredited land trust. Learn more at