COLUMBIA — Jessica Oswald’s photo, titled “Palmetto Field,” was selected as the winner of the Rural Summit Photography Contest by attendees of the 24th Annual Rural Summit, held last week in Sumter.
Oswald’s entry was one of more than 90 entries for this year’s contest. The entries were narrowed down to five finalist photos by S.C. Department of Commerce staff and displayed at the Rural Summit, where conference attendees voted for their favorites. Oswald, of Gilbert, took the photograph showing a lone South Carolina palmetto tree in a tranquil marsh field.
Gerry King of Rock Hill won second place for his photo, titled “Magnolia with Bee Collecting Pollen,” and Nicholas Mariano of Myrtle Beach won third place for his photo, “On Watch.” All three photos can be viewed on the Department of Commerce website in the photo gallery section.
Sponsored by the Small Business and Rural Development Division of the S.C. Department of Commerce, the Rural Summit Photography Contest is part of the annual South Carolina Rural Summit conference. The contest was open to the public, and the entries were to reflect the unique features of rural life in the Palmetto State.