Hudson, Lander and Riverton photographers get top honors in annual Sinks Photo Contest
(Lander, Wyo.) – Fremont County photographers pulled out the stops in the annual Sinks Canyon State Park Photo Contest. Racing horseback riders, baby owls, snowy landscapes and fishing scenes all won. Photographers from Lander, Riverton, and Hudson took home prizes and ribbons for their efforts.
The Best of Show prize was won by Hudson photographer Garhart Stephenson for his shot of alpine flowers in the Wind Rivers. Stephenson won a $200 cash prize.
The winning photos will be on display through Labor Day at the Sinks Canyon Visitor Center. The winning pictures are on display panels, but visitors can see all of the photographs entered this year on the park’s 42 inch flat screen T.V. “This gives people a chance to view all of the great shots we get,” said Park Superintendent Jamie Simonson. “Many of the pictures that didn’t place could have easily won ribbons if we had them to give out!”
People coming to see the contest winners can vote for their favorite picture which will be given a People’s Choice ribbon on Labor Day.
In the Flora category Cinthia Hayford of Lander won first and $100.00 for her shot of a fall vine on a tree. Lukas Muzilla won second and $60.00 for a flowering milkweed Milkweed and Nancy Alley won third and $40.00 for colorful fall leaves. Winning honorable mentions in Flora were: Bill Alley, Amy Kenworthy, Lukas Muzilla.
Garhart Stephenson won first in the Potpourri category with a shot of a fishing reel by river. Amy Kenworthy was second with a shot of a dog and lady on the rocks by river and Stephanie Binns won third for a racing South Pass horse rider. Honorable mentions in Potpourri were taken by Shannon Givens, Garhart Stephenson, and Anjayla McRae.
The Wildlife category was very strong with Gene Schmidt of Lander winning first and $100.00 for his wet raccoon shot. Nancy Alley took second and $60.00 for her image of a fox mousing, and third and $40.00 for her shot of a great Horned Owlet. Honorable mentions went to Gene Schmidt, Cinthia Hayford, Nancy Alley, and Amy Kenworthy.
In Scenic first went to Shannon Givens for a shot of fall reflections on water, second was Garhart Stephenson for a Snowy Stough Creek basin shot and third went to Givens for an image of fall colors on Popo Agie Falls trail. Honorable Mentions went to Hayford, Kenworthy and Linda Rood.
“Another great year for pictures,” said Simonson. “We are always honored by the time and effort people take with this contest, and we really appreciate their clear love for this canyon. Everybody is a winner when they spend time up here.”
The winning photos will be on display at the visitor center through Labor Day, along with all the entries. After that the winners will be on display at Westward Heights Care Center through September, then at the Museum of the American West in October. For more information call 307-332-3077, or visit www.sinkscanyonstatepark.org
Gene Schmidt’s first place wildlife shot of a raccoon
Garhart Stephenson’s 1st place potpourri shot of a fishing reel