Bond wins county photography contest

  • Friday, August 15, 2014

Austin Bond won first place in the Georgetown County photography contest for this photo of a great blue heron with a fish in its mouth which he took at Huntington Beach State Park.


Austin Bond, a photographer from Murrells Inlet, has been chosen as the winner of Georgetown County’s third photo contest held this spring.

The theme for this contest was “Flora and Fauna,” and the contest received the most entries to date with a total of 24.

Bond, who is a youth pastor at Belin United Methodist Church, said he is honored to receive this award,

“I just happen to live in this beautiful area and I am glad to have the opportunity to share it with the world,” Bond said.

Winners were selected by a panel of county staff.

With several excellent entries, the voting was close.

Bond was named the winner for his entry featuring a bird eating a fish at Huntington Beach State Park.

He said he took the photograph one morning after dropping his kids off at school.

“Sometimes I like to drive in and drive out and take shots on the way,” Bond said.

“It is funny. I always wanted to catch an egret or heron with a fish and this time I was there at the right time.”

He lives in Murrells Inlet with his wife, Katharine, and their three children: Sierra, 10, Carolyn, 8, and Dakota, 4.

Bond also won the previous Georgetown County photo contest, and another of his entries in this contest, taken in the Oak Allee in Brookgreen Gardens, won the popular vote on the county’s Facebook page.

For more information and photography from Bond, visit Austin Bond Photography on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Coming in a close second was Debbie Smith with a photo of a bird on Pawleys Island with the pier in the background.

Smith was not immediately available for comment.

A requirement for the contest was that entries be immediately identifiable as having been shot in Georgetown County.

The purpose of this contest is to engage the public and draw attention to the natural beauty, environmental diversity and recreational opportunities available in the county.

The contest was open to photographers at all levels of experience. All entries can be found on the county’s

Facebook page.

The photos selected by the judges will be put on display in a county facility.

Winning photographers will receive prizes including a certificate for county Parks and Recreation programs.

“Interest in these contests have grown and we are getting more entries each time,” County Administrator Sel Hemingway said.

“We look forward to more contests in the future.”

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