The votes are in for the RALtoday 2023 Picture of the Year contest. Check out the finalists below, including the winner that you, our readers, voted for.
Winner: Autumn at Yates Mill
Circa 1756, this gristmill is the center of Historic Mill County Park and looks particularly stunning in the fall surrounded by changing leaves. With nearly 1,000 votes cast, Gary H’s autumnal photo was the favorite of 55% of voters.
Finalist: Alien Portals
We think reader Katherine perfectly captured how we all like to strut through the three-ring sculpture “Gyre” at the NCMA Park by Raleigh-based artist + architect Thomas Sayre.
Finalist: Raleigh from Flowers Field
Can we all agree that Flowers Field makes for the perfect picnic spot? This photo captures one of our favorite views of the City of Oaks.
Finalist: Try not to puke — Krispy Kreme Challenge
Tell us how you really feel after consuming 12 doughnuts and running five miles in one hour. The Krispy Kreme Challenge was organized in 2004 by NC State undergrads and supports the UNC Children’s Hospital.
Finalist: Downtown Raleigh
Did you know? The Century Station Federal Building and Postal Station was built between 1874 and1879 by architect Alfred B. Mullett — Fayetteville Street is rich in history and unique architectural styles.
Finalist: Wining about Raleigh
This is the only “wining about Raleigh” that your City Editors can get behind — plus, we’re sure reader M. Bethel had plenty of yummy Wye Hill bites to accompany the wine.
Finalist: Hank Sinatra Band @ Berkeley Cafe
Raleigh’s oldest music venue temporarily closed last year with plans to reopen on South Dawson early 2024 — we can’t wait for these funky live music vibes again. In the meantime, catch Raleigh’s own Hank Sinatra on YouTube.
Finalist: Sir Walter Raleigh admiring the flowers at the Raleigh Convention
The Raleigh Convention Center’s Monarch Waystation provides food and habitat for butterflies and other pollinators — peep the Sir Walter Raleigh statue admiring the flower’s hard work.
Voting closes Sunday, Jan. 28 — so be sure to vote for the photo you think should be crowned the winner of the inaugural RALtoday Picture of the Year contest. Pssst — don’t forget that the winner will receive a $25 gift card to use at our online marketplace, Six & Main.