Celebrate the Winners of the Festival in Motion Photo Contest

RALEIGH, N.C. - You are invited to the 2013 Festival in Motion Photo Contest Awards Party this Tuesday, October 29, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., at the Magnolia Cottage, 1500 Lake Dam Road at the east end of Lake Johnson. There will be refreshments, music and presentation of prizes. 

We are excited to display the winners' work and present their awards. Many photographers responded to our Photo Contest challenge to submit pictures taken of Walnut Creek and its adjacent lands. Our panel of judges were very pleased to get many fine photos from which to choose for the contest's first year. Awards will be given for first and second places in these categories: Animals, Historic Features, Landscapes, People, Plants, and Water. A Grand Prize winner will also be honored. 

We thank our 2013 Festival in Motion sponsors and partners and add a special note of appreciation to Hazen and Sawyer, Askew-Taylor Paints, and JW Photo Labs for their support of the Photo Contest.  For more information on this event, please contact: Anne Franklin and Benson KirkmanFestival in Motion Co-Chairs.


Festival in Motion Celebrates the Walnut Creek Greenway, Sept. 28

For more information:

Anne Franklin, annesfranklin@mindspring.com919-831-1969

Scott Payne, scott.payne@raleighnc.gov919-996-3285


The third annual Festival in Motion will be held on Saturday September 28 along the Walnut Creek Greenway. Activities begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson St. It’s a weatherproof event.

Start your day of fun and adventure with nature at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center. Then visit the tent stations along the Walnut Creek Greenway for live music, arts activities, games, food trucks and interactive displays for the whole family. Make your way around the circuit with fitness challenges, a disc golf demo course, live animals, and a host of other nature-related activities. Or, just relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Center and the Greenway. 

Be part of the Photo Contest to capture the event and Walnut Creek’s environs. It will focus on: people, landscapes, plants, animals, historic features and water. For more information, visit http://festivalinmotion.com/blog.

The Festival in Motion celebrates the transformation by the City of Raleigh of more than 50 acres of formerly polluted urban wetlands to the beautiful Walnut Creek Greenway. The greenway has more than seven miles of trails running from Lake Johnson through the North Carolina State University Centennial Campus, passing near Downtown Raleigh and historic neighborhoods, all the way to where it joins the Neuse River.

The Festival goal is to promote understanding and protection of the unique features of Walnut Creek and the adjacent lands and neighborhoods. It showcases the importance of nature in our daily lives and is designed to get people outside and walking, bike, running or just relaxing and enjoying the natural beauty of the Walnut Creek Greenway.

The Festival was organized by the Triangle Greenways Council, Partners for Environmental Justice, Friends of Lake Johnson and the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. It is supported by donations from generous individuals and corporate sponsors.


Enter Our Photo Contest

Join the fun and capture the festival spirit 

The Festival in Motion encourages people to enjoy the Walnut Creek Greenway from Lake Johnson to the Neuse River. We need the help of photographers of all ages and experience levels to capture its hidden beauty and interesting stories.

Please submit your best photos from the Festival in Motion, or from other visits to the area, to the 2013 Walnut Creek Photo Contest. Entry opens on Monday, September 30, at 8 a.m., and closes on Monday, October 7, at 5 p.m. Email color or black and white images, in the highest resolution possible, to: rdifiore@hazenandsawyer.com. Put “Submit FIM Photo” on the Subject line.  (Photo submissions to this address only.)


Have Questions? 

Questions about the contest should be referred to Benson Kirkman, Festival in Motion Co-Chair at benson.kirkman@att.net.

One person may enter a maximum of five entries. Entrants must specify the category for each submission, but a single photo may be submitted in multiple categories.

A panel of professional photographers will judge the images and award prizes to First Place ($60) and Second Place ($40) in six Categories and a Grand Prize ($100) for best overall. Winners will be announced at a reception hosted by the Friends of Lake Johnson at the Magnolia Cottage, 1500 Lake Dam Road on the east end of Lake Johnson Park Boathouse from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 29th. Winning photos will be printed and mounted for display.

All entries will become the property of the Festival in Motion. No commercial use beyond future use by the Festival will be made of the photos. Winners and entrant’s photos may be displayed at public venues in the future. Photographers will be credited any time the photos are displayed or reproduced.


Contest Categories

Entries will be accepted in the following categories:

  1. People - especially walking, biking, exercising, dancing, etc. in motion
  2. Landscapes
  3. Plants - include enough of the plant to establish its identity
  4. Animals - wild and domesticated
  5. Historic Features - provide a brief paragraph explaining the significance
  6. Water

Entries must be accompanied by the full name, mailing address, phone number and email address of the photographer. Each image must note the category or categories in which the photographer wishes it to be judged. No more than five entries total will be judged.  

All photos must be taken along Walnut Creek or its tributaries to include, but not limited to adjacent Raleigh Parks. The specific location of each submission would be welcome.