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Mathews photo a top winner in contest

A photograph of Bethel Beach in Onemo by Barbara Houston of Quinton was among 10 top winners in the 2019 Virginia Vistas Photo Contest. Scenic Virginia conducts the annual photo contest, which also included more than 20 honorable mention awards this year.

Houston’s photo shows a sunrise at the beach, which stretches along the shoreline of Chesapeake Bay at the end of Route 609, Bethel Beach Road, in Mathews County. It took the top prize in the Coastal & Chesapeake Bay Category of the contest.

A photograph of sunrise at Harrison Lake in Charles City County, also by Barbara Houston, took the Best in Show award. A Fan Favorite voted on by Facebook followers was won by Buddy Secor of Stafford, for a gorgeous sunrise reflecting upon the Potomac at Aquia Creek Landing in Stafford County.

Houston said she took the photograph a few days after Christmas 2018. While she lives in New Kent, she said that she loves to visit Mathews County to pursue nature photography.

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