The numbers are in! Throughout the month of August, we asked readers to cast votes for their favorite among the 24 Images of Charleston photo contest finalists. After an overwhelming effort and 8,090 total votes, we have the results: Heron, captured by Kerrin Deretchin at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, is this year’s Readers’ Choice Winner. Congrats to Kerrin, as well as to our Pro Winner Taylor Franta for Stargazing and Amateur Winner Owen Jackson for The Isle.

Readers’ Choice Winner - "Heron"
By: Kerrin Deretchin
Professional Category Winner - "Stargazing"
By: Taylor Franta
Amateur Category Winner - "The Isle"
By: Owen Jackson




Blue Boat in Fog
Patrick O'Brien
Heading out under the Stono River Bridge on an October morning
Early Morning Drama
Patrick O'Brien
Clouds, sun, and tidal pools on Kiawah Island
Fog Light
Raymond Colin Murray
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church on a misty night
Ghost Crab & Bird
Jackie Levesque
An opportune moment at Breach Inlet off of Sullivan’s Island
Glory Above
Sarah Boyd
The ceiling of the Unitarian Church on Archdale Street
Into the Mist
Kathy Zolman
A foggy day under the Folly Pier
Milky Way on Kiawah
Jed Christoph
A beautiful night for Barrier Island Ocean Rescue
Professional Category Winner - "Stargazing"
Taylor Franta
The Milky Way over Edisto Beach last April
Readers’ Choice Winner - "Heron"
Kerrin Deretchin
A blue heron preening itself at Magnolia Plantation
Ready for Battle
LeeAnn Neumann
A flock of seagulls on Folly Beach
Denise Puciaty
A close-up of a beached starfish on Kiawah Island
Stella Sunset
Cooley Walters
Goldendoodle Stella frolicking in the evening sun on Isle of Palms

Charleston magazine’s annual Photo Contest returns to provide a stunning visual showcase of the Lowcountry through the lens of both pro and amateur photographers. The process is simple: amateur and professional photographers submitted up to five images on our website. All photos were reviewed by a panel of judges, and the top picks were featured in the August 2018 issue. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners in the professional and amateur categories. The winner of the Readers’ Choice award will be determined through two online voting rounds: from August 1-15, viewers may vote for their favorites every day among the 39 finalists and honorable mentions; the top 12 picks move on to the second round, and viewers may vote every day from August 16-31. The Readers’ Choice Award will be announced in the October 2018 “Talk of the Town” department and will receive a cash prize.