South's Greatest Photographers of 2017 Winners

A great photograph captures a single moment, but preserves emotion and aesthetic qualities for a lifetime. South Magazine celebrates eleven years by featuring some of the most creative photographers in the area. 

 

 

Tori Bronston

I enjoy photographing for a plethora of reasons, bit the main one is being able to interact with my clients and have a fun day together while creating memories they will cherish forever. I have a background in art education and feel my knowledge in the arts allows me to be creative and give my portrait sessions and weddings a taste of the fine arts. 

Southern Engagements Portrait & Wedding Photographer

 

Sheila Rozell

There are so many things that inspire me, but I am  most inspired by children. Their ability to see the world as this big beautiful place full of wonder and amazement, I want to see it the way they do, and I want to share that with the world...so they can see it, too. 

Fierce, Portrait / sheilarozell3.wixsite.com/mysite

 

Nevada Craig

I shoot because I want to make my audience experience the scenario firsthand. When someone looks at my image, I would like to provoke their emotion and inspire them to change the way they perceive street photography and art itself. My images are intended to move and persuade the audience into changing the world for the better, while capturing natural beauty in day-to-day people. 

Dragon Boat Beaufort, Journalism / NevadaCraigPhotography.com

 

Anthony Paderewski 

Very early on, I realized that photography for me was using the light available from the sun. Flash and artificial lights, prevalent in photojournalism at the time, didn’t interest me. I strive to create vital, direct pictures of people that immediately grab the eye of the viewer. My honest and personable approach produces photographs that hold the viewer’s attention and become objects of pride and satisfaction. That inspires me. Those moments in time. To be able to capture that moment and let it tell a story without words. The viewer gets to walk away a feeling.

Words without Color, Journalism /  a-photography.biz/about/

 

Kelly Grieve

I often halt mid-step to catch scenes that literally stop me in my tracks. When I shoot, I try to preserve the inexplicable “present” moment in this life experience so that any time I look upon that photo again I feel the raw, undeniable truth of that memory. My goal is to convey to others that in this case I am expressing the welcome peace, adventure and bond shared with my daughter. I relish most in capturing live performance energy, precision in progress, the genuine spectrum of sentient emotion and candid beauty in nature.

Aurora, Candid/Nature

 

Kimberly McHugh

My kids are my inspiration. Being a mom has shown me just how fast time flies and how quickly they grow up. It has also shown me just how rapidly we forget how tiny their toes were, the peach fuzz on their ears and the sound of their first cry, just to name a few. All things we told ourselves we’d never forget. Capturing these moments on film brings those memories back to life for me. It brings back the sigh of relief I felt when I heard their first cry, the softness against my fingers when touching that peach fuzz on their ears, and the moments I would sit counting and tickling those tiny baby toes. I want this for all families. I want them to have this very exciting time, which you can never get back, documented for them to reminisce on for generations. Every family deserves that.

Red, White, and Baby, Birth and Newborn / kcm-photography.com

 

Lamar Gale

I would have to say travel. I say travel rather than landscape because I like to shoot what inspires me wherever I go or am. So it’s people, places, or things.  Since I can’t be traveling all the time and I  happen to live in Savannah, a good portion of my work is done around the South. I am particularly fond of boats and the reflections they make when the water is still. I’m not a great writer, but I try for my  photos to tell a story, evoke a mood or show a  view that is often lost in the hustle and bustle. This photo is one of many I shot returning to Savannah from Florida on I-95.  I have family roots  in Darien, Georgia, so I make a point to pull off the interstate and stop by this fishing village. Without slowing down  and taking the road less traveled, you wouldn’t see this. You also have to be there at the right time of day to capture this light and see the boats.

Oh What A Foretaste, Travel / lamargalephoto.com

 

Jon Waits

I’m an “across the board” photographer, but live music, portraiture, and landscapes are my favorite subjects. As a professional photographer and musician, my photos give me a chance to show what I’m feeling, as opposed to writing about my experiences in song. I love nothing more that to shoot images that make others look their best & help to create their “brand.” My photography is all about slowing down and noticing the little details in life that we usually disregard or pass by without noticing. I’m inspired by the small, daily activities that make up our lives.

Tools of the Trade - Salon Vagabond, Portraiture

 

Nelson Laporte

I was inspired to become a photographer by my good friend, Brian Drumm. Brian and his wife have both helped me become the photographer I am today. What I love most about this job is meeting new people and building lasting friendships along the way. I also love seeing how my 7-year-old daughter is being influenced into becoming a photographer herself. My military background has always driven me to be challenged, and I can honestly say that the photography business is far more challenging than meets the eye. I look forward to seeing where this journey will take me and how many people I will inspire along way. Thank you all for your love and support!

Fall, Lifestyle / facebook.com/photographybylaporte

 

James Calemine

My genre could be categorized as rural, gritty beauty and earth shots. My inspiration is to preserve beauty in the ordinary. 

Morning Dew, Landscape

 

Angel Hernandez

I enjoy wildlife and conceptual photography; however, I usually get asked in our community for candid, fashion, and street photography. 

I grew up in Rural Georgia in a small city: Claxton. While I was in high school, I enjoyed and dabbled with journalism and photography. About two years ago I was given a camera for Christmas. The beautiful person who gifted me this camera later found out that he created a photo-taking-monster.

I enjoy taking my cameras to events and taking photos of those small moments with friends, community leaders or politicians. I have learned that taking a picture is not just remembering that moment but documenting the history of culture and an era when working in the genre of candids.

My muse for wildlife photography is usually an animal, plant(s) or simple subjects you may see in your everyday life. I like to magnify the beauty of a subject and manipulate the photo with different types of lenses whether it’s a color filter or macro lens. 

To be honest, whatever event or genre of photography I am working on that day is the source of my inspiration. If it’s fashion for a local boutique like September Boutique, it could be the dress and jewelry a person may be wearing.  If it is candid photography that is needed to document an event, like activist Linda Bryan’s Link for Humanity, then my primary focus is the people whose arms are stretched out by a busy street. Or, when I am needed for a portrait like for Chatham County’s Sheriff, he is my muse and inspiration. I adapt to what I am asked to shoot or feel is right to capture!

South Rose,Wildlife / facebook.com/Sav.angelh

 

 

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South's Greatest Pets 2017

Nominate your pet for the South's Greatest Pets contest! Winners will be featured in a photo spread for South's August/September issue!

South's Greatest Bosses 2017

We're looking for the greatest, most enthusiastic southern bosses. If your boss is the greatest, enter them into this contest!
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Events Calendar

  • Art League of Hilton Head presents the 25th Biennale, National Juried Art Exhibition 2017

    May 02, 2017
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Art League of Hilton Head Gallery

    May 2 - May 31, 2017, Monday- Saturday from 10am-4pm and 90 minutes before every Arts Center performance.   Artists from all over the country...

  • Deen Family Book Signing

    May 26, 2017
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ The Lady & Sons

    On Friday, April 21 and May 26, 2017, get out for Deen Family Book Signing at The Lady and Sons Restaurant from 10 a.m.-noon. Featuring Paula Deen,...

  • Cone Art Exhibit Reception to Benefit Anderson Cancer Institute in Savannah

    May 18, 2017
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ 24e

    CONE ART EXHIBIT RECEPTION TO BENEFIT ANDERSON CANCER INSTITUTE The Savannah artist Jim Cone announces a fine art exhibition with the opening...

  • Home Herbalism Workshop: Oils, Salves and Creams

    May 26, 2017
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Starlandia Supply

    In this workshop students will learn how to use herb-infused oils, salves and creams for body care and for healing. They will also explore the wide...

  • Gregg Russell Concerts

    May 26, 2017
    8:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ The Sea Pines Resort

    Over the years, Gregg has become a Sea Pines classic. You’ll find him under the famed Liberty Oak, entertaining adults and children alike,...

  • “Rewind” at the Savannah Theatre

    Mar 15, 2017
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Savannah Theatre

    The Savannah Theatre presents “Rewind!” March 1-26, Sept. 1-Nov. 17 and Dec. 27-30, 2017. Rewind back to the first time that...

  • The Savannah Portrait Society

    May 01, 2017
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    The Savannah Portrait Society is dedicated to providing professional artists the opportunity to engage in the discipline of portrait painting from...

  • William Wegman: Improved Photographs

    May 12, 2017
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    William Wegman (American, b. 1943) is an internationally-renowned artist with a prolific career spanning five decades. He is well known for...

  • Spoleto Festival

    May 26, 2017
    All Day

    Internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival, the 17-day Spoleto Festival fills Charleston’s historic...

  • Masters Water Ski Tournament

    May 26, 2017
    All Day

    Kick off Summer at this Memorial Day Weekend Festival featuring the 58th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament along with a host of other...

  • Atlanta Jazz Festival

    May 26, 2017
    All Day @ Piedmont Park

    This event is regarded as one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals. The celebration features jazz legends and up-and-coming jazz...

  • Generation Exhibition Opens

    May 26, 2017
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    Generation is an exhibition that brings together two generations of Iraqi-Canadian women artists—mother Sawsan AlSaraf and her daughters...

  • Her + Him Film

    May 26, 2017
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    Akram Zaatari (Lebanese, b. 1966) is a filmmaker, photographer, archival artist, and curator who lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. Her + Him...

  • Jacksonville Jazz Festival

    May 25, 2017
    All Day

    Nationally recognized as one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, this Memorial Day weekend event boasts an all-star lineup of jazz...

  • 12th Annual Savannah Mile

    May 27, 2017
    8:00 AM

    Join the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire and Fleet Feet Sports for this annual Memorial Day run to support first responders, military and their...

  • Wilmington Island Farmers' Market

    May 27, 2017
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Islands High School

    Every Saturday, the Wilmington Island Farmers' Market brings together some of the best local farmers and artisans for your shopping pleasure....

  • 9th Annual Hilton Head Art Festival

    May 27, 2017
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    More than 150 of America’s finest artists will descend on Shelter Cove Harbour Memorial Day Weekend for the 9th annual Art Festival featuring...

  • The Crawl of the South

    May 27, 2017
    4:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Congress Street Social Club

    Are you ready for "The South's Largest Bar Crawl?" This event has drawn more than 5,000 participants each year and we are planning...

  • Memorial Day Weekend Awards Concert at Spivey Hall

    May 28, 2017
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Spivey Hall

      Presented by Franklin Pond Chamber Music, the First Annual Memorial Day Weekend Awards Concert invites music lovers statewide to enjoy an...

  • Hilton Head Choral Society's America Sings! Americana Celebration

    May 28, 2017
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ First Presbyterian Church

    An all-American tribute to our veterans and members of our Armed Forces concludes the Choral Society’s 41st season. This Island favorite event...


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Scenes of the South

Chicago Bears After Party at Britania Pub

Members of the 2006 Chicago Bears NFC North Championship team came to the coastal empire on Saturday, May 20th for a fundraiser and promotional event through the The Adrian Peterson Foundation and Wilmington Island Wishes. Players competed in a charity golf tournament at Bacon Park Golf Course during the day, followed by a visit with fans at Britania Pub from 2:30-5:00pm, a gathering open to the public. Former football stars scheduled to attend include recent College Football Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson, the all-time leading rusher in NCAA Division I-A history from Georgia Southern University, former Pro Bowlers Mike Brown and Charles Tillman, former All-Pro Alex Brown and Anthony Adams. Tillman was the 2013 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. The Adrian Peterson Foundation is a non-profit organization which spotlights speech impediments and stuttering problems. In 2012, Peterson published the book “Don’t Dis My Abilities”. He is an accomplished inspirational and motivational speaker.

SCAD FASHWKND Runway Show 2017

Guests of this past weekends SCAD FASHWKND experienced wonders like the SCAD Savannah Runway Show, a juried celebration of fashion featuring premier SCAD School of Fashion senior and graduate student collections. Attire for this outdoor event was casual chic, and guests were invited to wear springtime ensembles that showcase their own personal style. Following the show, guests had the opportunity to purchase select garments and accessories created by SCAD alumni. This event was presented as part of the inaugural SCAD FASHWKND, the university’s most anticipated sartorial event of the year, held in Atlanta and Savannah.

Jim Cone Opening Reception at 24e

The opening reception of Jim Cone's fine art display at 24e in downtown Savannah was held Thursday night. The local artist unveiled more than 100 drawings, paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces. Cone has been creating art for over 40 years. After a recent bout with cancer, he decided to use his talent to help others. "As you can see, his artistry is amazing. Jim's story is nothing short of miraculous,” 24e owner Ruel Joyner said. You can check out the exhibit until June 25. Proceeds from pieces sold will go to the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health.

Lawyers, Guns & Money 2017

The 5th Annual Lawyers, Guns & Money Sporting Clays Tournament 2017 was presented by Honda, Yamaha, Triumph, Kawasaki, KTM of Savannah. This year's event was be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Forest City Gun Club. The 100 target shoot started at 2pm and was followed by an After Party at 6pm featuring live music by Connellis and the Train Wrecks, a BBQ dinner, local craft beer from Southbound Brewery, wine, a silent auction, a gun raffle and a YETI raffle. This year the proceeds will benefit Abilities Unlimited, a local 501(c)(3) charity that provides progressive exercise programs for individuals in Chatham County with varying disabilities (Birth Defects, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injuries and Neurological Injuries, etc.).

Crime Stoppers Race Against Crime 2017

On Saturday May 6th, community members came out to help CrimeStoppers fight crime in the community with the Race Against Crime (formerly the Azalea Run)! Runners could choose between the 5K, 10K, and 15K, with all the races starting and ending at Forsyth Park. Proceeds from the event will help fund the rewards that Crime Stoppers uses to pay out for tips that lead to arrests! All the races were dog friendly, and even the pups could get a free matching race bib as part of their "Pooch Patrol".

Big Nasty Mud Run 2017

This year's event marks the 10th Running of the Big Nasty Mud Run, a race with 4.5 miles and 33 obstacles with lots of mud! Runners test their limits on the Ranger Bars, The Wall of Terror, tunnels, tires, mini hills, cargo nets and the Big Nasty Water Slide! Proceeds from the event go to benefit local charities who support veterans and other causes.

Pearls of Power Annual Gala & Art Auction

The Pearls of Power Annual Gala & Art Auction is an annual event sponsored by the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire. This year's event was especially powerful as the Rape Crisis Center is celebrating over 40 years of service to the community this year. With guest speaker Rep. Scott Holcomb, entertainment by Trae Gurley & Friends, and this year's Gala Honorees, Dr. Ann Levette & Cookie Espinoza, the night was filled with fun and great memories.

Optim TJR Golf Tournament 2017

The annual TLC Golf Tournament returned to the Club at the Savannah Harbor on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. It’s a great way to connect with leaders and peers in the tourism community while supporting a great cause – to raise money for scholarships for students studying for careers in tourism and hospitality. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception followed the tournament. Prizes awarded to first and second place gross and net for each flight. Beverages provided throughout the course. Compete in Putt for Eagle and Putting Contest.

Wine, Women and Shoes

Wine, Women & Shoes events are community events that bring women together around fine wine, great style, and causes that matter. WW&S has exploded across North America in the last decade, producing more than 300 fabulous events that have helped net an impressive $44 million for their nonprofit partners. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire puts on the only Wine, Women & Shoes event in the area. The RMHC of the Coastal Empire is a non-profit organization that provides a restful, comfortable place for children and their families to find refuge and support as they receive medical treatment at our nearby hospitals. This year's event was a sold-out affair that's sure to be remembered!

Courtyard Celebration at the Gingerbread House

Among the most elaborate architecture in Savannah is The Gingerbread House - always a "must see" highlight of a guided tour of the Historic District Savannah. The Courtyard Celebration event at the Gingerbread House, that took place on April 25th from 5:30-7pm, was presented by the SavannahHELPS series of monthly charity events that happen every 4th Tuesday at 5:30pm. Guests of the event were asked to bring a $5 donation or pet supplies and food to benefit local charities.