2018 Winner Best Photograph of 

Chincoteague or Assateague
Capt. Debbie Ritter

2017 Pony Swim Morning

Debbie has studied and captured images of wildlife on the Eastern Shore for over 30 years and has a large body of work featuring wild Chincoteague ponies. She captains her own cruise boat under the name Chincoteague Nature Encounters.

Contact Debbie at seacaptaindebbie@gmail.com.



award winners

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2018 People's Choice for Best Art Display
Nancy Richards West

Nancy has been a professional artist on Chincoteague Island since 1974. Her primary focus is the creation of oil paintings of landscapes, birds and animals, still life and nudes.  She works in pastel and the ancient art of sumi-e painting (Chinese brush stroke painting). Many of Nancy’s landscape paintings are done en plein air (outdoors), where she is “drawn to the challenge of painting the fleeting light”.

Contact Nancy at nancywest@nancywest.com.

2018 People's Choice for Best Carver
Cork McGee

An island native for 87 years, Cork began carving hunting rigs—he guided hunting trips for ducks and geese for 58 years. He mentored under Cigar Daisey as he “hung out in his shop”. His family lived on Assateague Island for many years and his father was a waterman. Now his decoys are collector’s items.

2018 Curtis Merritt Award of Excellence Winner
Grover Cantwell, Jr.

Grover is a self-taught artist whose goal is to capture the mood of the marshes, beaches and wildlife through the changing seasons of his native Eastern Shore of Maryland. Watercolor is his most frequently used medium, but he enjoys oils, pen and ink, and pastels as well.

Contact Grover at fineart@comcast.net.