Virginia Waters Photo Contest 2021

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our annual photo contest! We had so many fantastic entries that show the beauty of Virginia’s waters, and the talent of our photographers! Find out more about the contest HERE and see last year’s entries HERE.

First Place: Luca Pfeiffer (University of Virginia)

A yellow-crowned night heron shows off its prized catch as it happily prances through the marsh in Pleasure House Natural Area in Virginia Beach, VA.

Second Place: Coral Hendrix (Virginia Tech)

This photo of the South Fork Piney River was taken in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest.

Third Place: Luca Pfeiffer (University of Virginia)

A cottonmouth snake slowly drifts through marsh water as a dragonfly rests on its body. Shot in Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach, VA.

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mention: The VT crew team at Claytor Lake by Elyce Buell (Virginia Tech)

Honorable Mention: The rapids and small waterfalls in the Potomac River at Great Falls Park in Great Falls, VA by Caroline Vasquez (Virginia Tech)

Honorable Mention: Summer sunset at Lake Anna by Skylar Jackman (University of Virginia)

Honorable Mention: A camping trip with the UVA Outdoors Club at False Cape State Park by Sophia Benmhend (University of Virginia)

Honorable Mention: This photo of Carvins Cove Reservoir was taken during a hike through the Hay Rock Trailhead by Izzy Chopra (Virginia Tech)

Honorable Mention: Snow and fog in the Catawba Valley, just outside of Blacksburg, by Olivia Eden Wong (Christopher Newport University)



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