The eighth annual Dale Westcott Memorial Nature Awards were recently presented by the Photography Club of Beaufort. Each year the club sponsors a nature photography contest for local high school students in memory of Dale Westcott, one of the club's early members.
Westcott was both an educator and a nature photographer, and the award encourages students to creatively photograph the beauty of our natural surroundings. Barbara Westcott, his widow, and Donald Westcott, his son, are benefactors to this award, as is the Photography Club.
The 2014 winners are: first place, Bluffton High School student Jessica Westmark for "Gator"; second place, Bluffton High student Rex Leonard for "The Pelican"; and third place, Battery Creek High School student Cassandra Knoppel for "Patterns in Nature." Two honorable mentions were awarded to Bluffton High students Bart Hill for "Majestic Creature" and Abigail Rasmussen for "Porcelain." A special award for creativity was awarded to Battery Creek High student Sara Kardohely for "Sea Shell."