The January 2012 issue of WILDLIFE IN NORTH CAROLINA presents the winning photographs from the 2011 photography contest. This is the competition's seventh year. Over 1,000 photographers entered 3,689 photographs. The contest was open to amateurs and professional photographers. This issue presents the top photographs in the following ten categories: birds; mammals; reptiles and amphibians; invertebrates; wild plants; outdoor recreation; wild landscapes; animal behavior; youth photographer, 13-17; and youth photographer, 12 and under.