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2023 Outer Banks Photo Contest Winners

The 2023 Outer Banks Photo Contest presented by Village Realty has wrapped, and let’s just say, the entries this year were nothing short of spectacular. We have been hosting this contest for over 12 years and it has become a cherished tradition for both visitors and locals alike, giving us a glimpse into the magic that is the Outer Banks. 

This year we were flooded with over 1,300 stunning entries across various categories, each one telling its own unique OBX story. From crashing waves to the quiet beauty of a sunrise, you showcased the Outer Banks in all its glory. 

Now, without further ado, let’s meet our category winners: 

Beach Scenes

2023 VR Beach Scenes David Fountain (3)

“Collision of two waves at Kill Devil Hills” by David Fountain 

Favorite OBX Business

2023 VR Fav OBX Businesses Steven Nalls

“Island Cycle-Rodanthe, NC” by Steven Nalls 

Enjoying a VR House

“Finally making it to your vacation rental!” by Ashley Kimble 

OBX Fishing 

“Being only 4 years old didn’t stop me from reeling in the biggest catch of the day!” by Rachel Karnes 

OBX Landmarks 

2023 VR OBX Landmarks Melissa Ayer

“Historic Corolla Village Sunset” by Melissa Aye

OBX Pets

2023 VR OBX Pets Colleen Arena (2)

“My Happy Place” by Colleen Arena 

OBX Sunsets

2023 VR OBX Sunsets Lindsay Jordan 2

“Taken by my husband at Jennette’s Pier” by Lindsay Jordan 

OBX Sunrises


OBX Sunrises: “Amazing Outer Banks Sunrises” by John Bilinski 

A big round of applause to all our category winners! Each of you has captured a piece of the OBX magic in your own special way. 

And now, drumroll, please— our Grand Prize winner: “Sunrise at the pier” by Michele Naurock. Michele, your breathaking shot has earned you the grown as the ultimate OBX photographer this year! 

Grand Prize


“Sunrise at the pier” by Michele Naurock

Each category winner will receive $100 off a future stay with Village Realty. The grand prize winner receives their choice of either a free off-season week at the beach or $500 off a stay anytime with Village Realty.  

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated. Your love for the Outer Banks shines through every photo, and we can’t wait to see what next year’s contest will bring.