(Lander, Wyo.) – Photographers from around the state and as far away as California entered this year’s 34th annual Sinks Canyon State Park Photo Contest. 160 images vied for ribbons and cash prizes, and many new photographers won prizes. Photos ranged from star trails over the canyon walls to a shy fox to wildflowers ablaze along the Loop Road.
The winning photos will be on display at the Sinks Canyon Visitor Center through Labor Day. Visitors to the park will be able to vote for their favorite picture which will be awarded a “people’s choice” ribbon on Labor Day. The photos will then be on display at contest sponsor Westward Heights Care Center for the month of September. In October they will be on display at the Coutant Cabin at the Museum of the American West.
The Best of Show was awarded to contest newcomer Gina Marie Galitz for a striking shot of sunset over Frye Lake. Galitz, of Lander, won a ribbon and a $200 cash prize.
In each of the four categories first place winners got a ribbon and $100 cash prize. Second place winners got ribbons and $60.00 and third got $40.00 and ribbons. Honorable mention winners got ribbons.
First place in the wildlife category went to Nancy Alley of Lander for her close-up of a young fox. Second in wildlife went to Gene Schmidt of Lander for his shot of two Mountain Bluebirds. Gina Marie Galitz won third for a shot of a running black bear.
In as very strong year for wildflower pictures Gina Marie Galitz won first place in the flora category for her shot of lupine and balsamroots on the Loop Road. Galitz also won second in flora for her shot of Hoary Balsamroots in Red Canyon. Amy Kenworthy of Lander won third for a blanketflower picture.
In the Potpourri category Philip Baron of Lander won first place for a long exposure of star trails over the canyon walls. Garhart Stephenson of Lander won second for a fisherman in the rocks along the river, and Ken Kidder of Lander won third for a black and white shot of the old school house at South Pass City.
In the Scenic category Scott Copeland of Lander won first for his shot of the Falls in the fall. Second went to Bill Alley of Lander for his shot of snowy foothills outside of Lander. Third went to Karmen Allen for her black and white shot of the moon over a dead tree.
“We had another great year of pictures,” said Park Superintendent Darrel Trembly. “There are so many talented photographers in this area. Many of the shots that didn’t win were as good as the ones that did. The judges had to make some hard decisions.”
–Provided by Sinks Canyon State Park