Dale Westcott Memorial Nature Award

Each year the Photography Club of Beaufort awards ribbons and monetary prizes to local high schools students for their work in nature photography.  The award is given in memory of Dale Westcott (1940-2005), a club member who was both an educator and an avid nature photographer. 

This year the club is still not holding regular monthly meetings so a special “print judging” was scheduled at an outside location and all Board members were invited to attend. Bluffton High School students again took the top three awards and a student from Cross High School received honorable mention. This was the first year that Cross Schools participated. 

Kaitlyn Sherman won first place for her image “ Barnacles of the Lowcountry”. The judges remarked on the interesting abstract composition and her skill using a short depth of field to bring the viewers eye right into the barnacles She received a check for $100.  Second place and $75 was awarded to Alexis Renger for “Springtime”  and Third Place and $50 was awarded to Ian Cruikshank for “Inlets of the May River.  Bella Pratt, from Cross HS,  was awarded honorable mention for “Lowcountry Sunset”.

The Photography Club of Beaufort was pleased to be able to award the 15th annual Dale Westcott Memorial Nature Award while were are still struggling our way through social distancing, limited art/photography class time.


The three winning photos are shown below (honorable mention photo not currently available): 


1st Place
Barnacles of the Lowcountry

Kaitlyn Sherman 

2nd Place


Alexis Renger

3rd Place

Inlets of the May River

Ian Cruikshank