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Posted on: November 16, 2023

2024 Beautiful York County Calendar Photo Contest Winners

This is an image of tidal marshlands

Congratulations to the winners of the Beautiful York County photo contest, whose photos will be featured in the 2024 Beautiful York County calendar!  The York County Beautification Committee would like to thank all of the participants in this year’s photo contest for submitting photos of sustainability goals.  We appreciate the participation and dedication to keeping our County clean and beautiful!  



Photo Subject


Pamela Mason

Bay Tree Beach
Tidal marsh provides natural erosion protection, supports coastal fish populations and improves water quality.


Mary Arndt

Yorktown Beach, Coleman Bridge
Yorktown works hard at keeping the beach clean.


Lori Shirey

Colonial Parkway
Clean water ways attract and keep the Bald Eagle and many other birds thriving in York County.


Lemuel Ollet

Yorktown Beach
Reducing waste pollution by picking up candy wrappers at Yorktown Beach for recycling. Even the smallest plastic waste can be dangerous to marine and local wildlife.


Barrett Schroeder

Willow Lakes Neighborhood
Viceroy butterflies contribute to the health of our planet. They feed on nectar and pollinate many types of wildflowers native to York County.


James Orband

Personal backyard in York County
Three native plants blooming at the same time (May) making a wonderful display for aesthetics as well as attracting insects. The stone path allows guests and family to stroll down the pathway to a shaded areas to enjoy ferns and other shade loving plants.

Red/yellow flower- Spigellia marylandica, Indian Pinks; Purple flower- Tradescantia virginiana, Spiderwort; Bright yellow- Asclepias tuberosa, Butterflyweed


Brenna Behel

Personal home in York County 
We shared our bounty of home-grown tomatoes to help sustain our neighbors.


Richard Sobie

Personal Backyard, Lakes at Dare
Native Fungi 


Sarah Wilson

York County Private Residence
Great Horned Owl, retrieved from a soccer net entanglement in York County.  Nets should always be put in garages when not in use. Animals caught in nets must always see a rehabber before releasing due to bruising and rubbing open wounds, which could lead to infection.  


Cathy Thacker

Personal Backyard in York County
Monarch Butterfly on Native Joe Pie Weed


Rekha Gupta

Tabb Library
There are bins placed outside of Tabb library which collect all kinds of plastic bags, plastic wrap. This bench is made out of those plastic bag. What a great way to recycle. 


Sarah Robinson

Waller Mill
50-year-old Eastern Box Turtle with an aureal abscess (a turtle inner ear infection) rescued from Waller Mill (the abscess was removed). When healed and ready, the box turtle was released where it was found.


Eugene Seiter

Rodgers A. Smith Landing, Tide Mill Road, Yorktown
Fisherman enjoying the calm clear morning and fishing in the clean waters of the Poquoson River.

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