Prizes In Three Categories!


May was Preservation Month, so our first Historic Homes Photo Contest ran through the entire month month of May. Tryon Palace generously sponsored a large cash prize for the three First Place winners, who each received a $250 check. First Place winners will also receive a large print of their photograph, up to 24” by 30” from ASAP Photo and Camera in Greenville. Second Place winners received a check for $75, and Third Place winners a $25 check. All nine winners will receive a copy of Discover New Bern, the full color coffee-table sized book by Richard Parsons, and an annual membership to the New Bern Preservation Foundation. Checks were mailed to the winners the day after the decision was made, and the presentation of the other prizes will hopefully be made on June 24 in the garden at the Historical Society, 507 Broad Street, weather and virus permitting.


The purpose of the contest was as a way to allay the cabin fever of our Covid-19 quarantine, to get out and about with family, and to admire lovely New Bern architecture. The tag line was, "Take a walk and shoot photographs of your favorite historic New Bern home or building."

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The purpose of this contest was for our community to have FUN! It was also an excuse to get out and about.

Scores of photos poured in. We had five judges, including one past president of the New Bern Preservation Foundation, two members of our local camera club, the director of the Craven Council for the Arts Gallery, and one professional photographer. Discussion of the photo entries was brisk and thorough, though going through the many entries took time. Still, the judges were unanimous in their decisions, as follows.

The Winning Photographs

First Place - Exterior Shot

Zachary Stellfox took this shot of the old Elks Building at Pollock and Middle streets. The judges felt this was not only well executed, but captured the spirit of the contest. As one judge put it, "I drive past that building every day and never really see it." Now we all can. 

Second Place - Exterior Shot

Jay Price took this photo of the stable at Tryon Palace. Judges liked its composition and appreciated that the photographer had chosen this eighteenth century building, the sole original structure of the Tryon Palace.

Third Place - Exterior Shot

Sharon Brunson took this photo of Christ Church, showing the steeple against the sky. Judges appreciated the composition, and felt the emotional impact of this photo, along with its unique view of the church building.

First Place - Youth Photographer Shot

Emily Hall, 5 years old, took this shot of the Tryon Palace gates, clearly showing their detail and the Palace beyond, placing us just at the edge of the world of the past. The judges appreciated the angle chosen and felt it showed promise.

Second Place - Youth Photographer Shot

Second Place went to Isaac Hall, 8 years old, for his shot of St. Joseph Church on Bern Street. The judges felt that the composition gave the ghostly outline of the cross above the front door emotional impact.

Third Place - Youth Photographer Shot

Sophie Morgan, 16 years old, made this shot of the former chapel and now home on Pollock Street. The judges felt that the composition was dramatic and interesting.

First Place - Interior Shot

William and Elinor Wilson worked together to take this shot of the fireplace in their home, the Bryan House on Pollock Street. Judges appreciated the execution, composition, shear beauty, and inclusion of the original nineteenth century ceiling medallion in the foreground.

Second Place - Interior Shot

Zachary Stellfox, the only contestant to win in two categories, took Second Place for this shot of an open door with detail at the Lucretia Hudson House on Metcalf Street. The judges felt this had tremendous artistic and emotional merit. 

Third Place - Interior Shot

William and Elinor Wilson, the only contestants to win twice in a category, took Third Place for this shot of the staircase in their home on Pollock Street. The judges felt that this second photo proved that the Wilsons have a real flair for composition and historic architecture. 

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The New Bern Preservation Foundation extends a hearty "Thank you!" to everyone who participated in the event. We appreciate your time and talents!

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