Meet Camp Cardinal Photo Contest Judge Sara Harris

Our judges are ready for your pictures that celebrate your memories camping and RVing in lovely Camp Cardinal in Hayes. Your picture could win you up to $1,000 in the first-ever Camp Cardinal Photo Contest, so we’re introducing you to the judges one by one. We have lined up a panel of 5 esteemed community members who will judge the submitted photos on originality, technical excellence, composition and overall story.

Remember, winners will be announced through Instagram and Facebook and on the website on or about Dec. 1, 2023.

Judge: Sara Harris

Her bio in a nutshell: The owner of Sara Harris Photography in Gloucester Point is an accomplished professional photographer with an engaging human touch who brings out the best in her subjects and the things they love. From family homes to businesses, the studio to the tasting room and beyond, Sara’s flair for warm photographic storytelling and natural sense of style place people and brands in their best and brightest light. Her passion for the power of small business led her to become the owner and editor of The Scout Guide Williamsburg and Chesapeake Bay, a publication focused on the best of living local. Sara graduated from James Madison University, where she met her husband, Brian. They have two sons, AJ and Jake, who share their parents’ love of coastal living and travel.

What Sara looks for in a photo: Heart, something that evokes a feeling or emotion. If the subject is a person, I want to have a sense of how they feel – joyous, sad, confident, approachable. If it’s food, I want to be able to get a sense that I’d like to jump into the scene and eat it, that it’s delicious. If it’s a photograph of scenery, I want to feel what it must be like to be there right now, if it’s hot or cold, if the mood is tranquil or festive, for example.

What Sara loves about Virginia outdoors?

I love the diversity of Virginia’s outdoors – from coast to cliff, as they say. You’ve got the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay and all of its tributaries on the east, and just a couple of hours’ drive away, you have stunning mountains and valleys. The variety is very appealing.