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Ocracoke Island Realty 2023 Photo Contest Winners!

We recently wrapped up our much-anticipated 2023 Ocracoke Island Realty Photo Contest, and let’s just say, the entries were nothing short of spectacular! 

This year, we invited all Ocracoke Island visitors and photography aficionados to showcase their best shots in seven distinct categories. From the charming “Around the Village” to the captivating allure of “Sunrise and Sunset,” over 900 entries flooded in, each capturing a unique facet of Ocracoke’s magic.  

After much debate and a whole lot of love for each entry, our dedicated staff had the tough task of voting for each category winner and the grand prize winner.  

Here are the phenomenal winners who stood out in their respective categories: 

Beach Scenes:

2023 OIR Beach Scenes Hollie Ventriello (11)

“Catching Fish” by Hollie Ventriello

Ocracoke Landmarks: 

2023 OIR Landmarks Justin McNeill

“The Ocracoke Lighthouse” by Justin McNeill

Ocracoke Fun: 

2023 OIR Ocracoke Fun Nathaniel Boddie

“OcraJabba” by Nathaniel Boddie

Ocracoke Pets: 

2023 OIR Pets Heidi Dennison

“Sandbar Life” by Heidi Dennison

Around the Village: 

2023 OIR Around Village Cassidy Cooper (1)

“Boats in the Sound” by Cassidy Cooper



“Birds at the Portsmouth Island Dock” by Steve Murray

Sunrises and Sunsets: 


“Sunset at North Pond” by Margaret Feno

Grand Prize Winner:


“Dolphin enjoying the surf. Taken just south of the public beach on 8/6/23.”

by  Nick Haslam

Our winners aren’t just basking in the glory; they’re taking home some fantastic prizes! Category winners receive a $100 gift certificate to use at a local Ocracoke Island restaurant. The grand prize winner receives a $500 gift certificate that can be used towards a stay any time with Ocracoke Island Realty. 

We would like to thank all the participants for this year’s contest. Your passion and talent have made this year’s photo contest an unforgettable one. Until next time, keep clicking and capturing Ocracoke!