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Jan 29 2021

2020 Picture Wild Montana Countdown: Second Place

“Winter Play Under Lolo Pass” by Seth Orme of Missoula


After pouring over 600 quality photos, we’ve selected the winners of our annual Picture Wild Montana Photo Contest.

This year’s contest theme was “The Joy of the Wild.” We encouraged participants to submit photos highlighting their connection to our public lands, waters, and wildlife while also showcasing the joy of exploring Montana’s wilderness areas, state parks, national forests, wilderness study areas, and other public lands.  

Luke Duran, art director at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ “Montana Outdoors” magazine, picked the winners, and he had such a hard time choosing a top three that he chose a top five. 

We’re counting down to the first prize winner on Friday afternoon. For now, we’re excited to announce the 2020 Picture Wild Montana Photo Contest second-place winner.

Second Place: “Winter Play Under Lolo Pass” by Seth Orme of Missoula

Skiing up

Skinning up Lolo Pass near Missoula (photo by Seth Orme)

From Seth Orme on his winning photo:

"I love exploring Montana's unique mountain ranges. The Mission and Swan ranges are piquing my interest, lately. This image came into view just as we approached the final stretch of an ever-warming climb. The sun was out, we were in the backcountry, and the hard work was nearly behind us. We were hard-pressed to find reasons not to be happy."

"Our great-grand children deserve the opportunity to know how a wild place can make you feel, how it can shape you," said Orme, when asked why public lands conservation is important to him.

Follow Seth on Instagram or check out his website to see more of his outdoor adventure photos and beautiful landscape photography.

From Luke Duran, guest judge:

"One can’t help but smile along with the happy folks in this photo. I love the composition of the cross-country skiers moving across a mountainside and exiting into the foreground. This arrangement gives the viewer a clear view of the grand vista the skiers are enjoying. The image encompasses all of the 'joy in the wild,' good friends and camaraderie, a beautiful day in a wild Montana landscape, movement and energy, and deep appreciation for the opportunity outside. There are a lot of leading lines in this image, good exposure, and I find my eye moving around the image, building upon the story in my mind. Wonderful photo."

We’re counting down to the first place photo announcement by sharing the other winners, one by one, through Friday, so make sure to check back to see all the winners.

Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo this year. We’re always thoroughly impressed by the quality and variety, and we love to see all the ways you love and enjoy Montana’s wild places.

Keely Damara
Communications Manager

Keely manages our website, wildmontana.org, and social media channels in addition to providing communications support for our chapters, programs, and campaigns. In her free time, she enjoys fly fishing on Montana’s scenic rivers, hiking, camping, and exploring public lands in her home state.
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