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Monday, May 27, 2024

Here are our reader’s favorite photos of 2017 and the stories behind them

This image taken by Cory Mannion of a baby otter taken care for by the Coastal Carolina Wildlife Rehab Center was Port City Daily’s second-place finisher in its 2017 reader poll for best images of the year. (Port City Daily photo/ CORY MANNION)

WILMINGTON—The votes are in, and the favorite image Port City Daily provided in 2017 is no surprise; the oyster man.

The oyster man

Oyster harvesting in early 2017. (Left) Tim Holbrook has been working his oyster farm for several years. (Right) Tom Cannon started working for him last year. (Port City Daily photo / BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)
Port City Daily’s winning shot of 2017; Tim Holbrook has been working his oyster farm for several years. (Port City Daily photo / BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)

Taken by Benjamin Schachtman, Port City Daily’s assistant editor, the image originates from a Jan. 2017 story on the man campaigning to bring more oyster farming to the southeastern United States.

Schachtman’s oyster shot received four times as many votes as the second place contender. With the Intracoastal Waterway as a natural backdrop, the winning shot of Tim Holbrook is one of many action images from the feature piece.

Holbrook slurping a raw oyster into his mouth visually demonstrated the farmer’s commitment to the local waters and his practice.

Read the original piece and check out additional images of the oyster farmer at work below:

https://portcitydaily.com/2017/01/27/growing-the-best-damn-oyster-inside-the-effort-to-get-local-oyster-farming-up-to-speed/

The “otterly” adorable otter

In second place, this rescued otter made Port City Daily’s top images of 2017; This past March, the Coastal Carolina Wildlife Rehab Center took in two baby River Otters, “Junior” and “Delilah,” who were displaced by a dock reconstruction project in Ocean Isle Beach. (Port City Daily photo/ CORY MANNION)

Coming in at second-place are some “otterly” adorable otters. Cory Mannion, Port City Daily’s staff reporter and current production director,  snapped several shots of rescued otters “Junior” and “Delilah,” who had been displaced due to a dock reconstruction project in Ocean Isle Beach.

Mannion visited the Coastal Carolina Wildlife Rehab Center where the otters were being cared for along with several other species of wildlife.

Read the original story and check out additional images of the rescued otters and wildlife rehabilitation center below:

https://portcitydaily.com/2017/05/20/watch-these-otterly-adorable-babies-learning-to-swim-news/

The Pinta

The Pinta approaches her berthing at Pier 33.
In third place, the Pinta rounds out Port City Daily’s top images of 2017; The Pinta approaches her berthing at Pier 33. (Port City Daily photo/BEN SCHACHTMAN)

Last but not least, Benjamin Schachtman’s image of the Pinta’s silhouette against the Cape Fear River rounds out our reader’s top images of 2017.

The Pinta, along with its counterpart the Niña, was on display as recreations of Columbus’ caravel-style ships that “discovered” the new world in 1492.

The ships sailed the Atlantic Ocean for 25,000 miles before landing in North America.

Presented as sailing museums, the two historic replicas visited the Cape Fear River for a short time in May, where Schachtman and Mannion covered the historic voyage.

Read the original story and check out additional images and video of the Niña and Pinta as they entered the Cape Fear River below:

https://portcitydaily.com/2017/05/10/like-a-blast-from-the-past-the-nina-and-the-pinta-arrive-in-the-port-city/


Johanna Ferebee can be reached at johanna@localvoicemedia.com or @j__ferebee on Twitter

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