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Nov 02 2012

MWA announces 2012 photo contest winners

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HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Wilderness Association is pleased to announce the winners of the fourth annual Picture Wild Montana photo contest.

More than 1,000 photos were submitted by just over 250 different photographers in this year’s contest, which ran from the middle of September until late October. Hosted entirely online, the contest allowed contestants to compete for more than $1,000 in prizes in six different categories; Montana’s Wild Rocky Mountain Front, Wild Northwestern Montana, Montana Wildlife, Montana Wild Landscapes, Montana Wildflowers and People in Montana’s Wild Places.

"There were so many amazing photos of people, wild places and wildlife this year it was a challenge picking the winners,” said photo contest judge and professional photographer Jeff Van Tine. “You just can’t go wrong picking up a camera and heading outdoors into Montana’s wild places. These aren’t things you see if you are just sitting around the house.”

Photos were judged for their artistic value, content, composition, originality and technical expertise. In addition to entries being judged by a panel of judges, this year MWA also awarded prizes to overall and category winners selected by popular vote on the MWA website.

MWA congratulates the winners:

 

Overall Winners, Judged

 
First Place

Rick Sheremeta, Somers, MT
Granite Park

 
Second Place

Richard Ostrem, Kalispell, MT
Autumn Along the Middle Fork

Third Place

Gene Sentz, Choteau, MT
Castle Reef

 

Overall Winners, Popular Vote

 
First Place

Sadie Ackerson, Livingston, MT
Double Rainbow

 
Second Place

Emily Stott, Choteau, MT
Pondering the Day

Third Place

Jessica Lindsay, Missoula, MT
Canada Lynx Kitten

 

Overall Winners, Judged, K-8

 
First Place

Zoe Beck, Missoula, MT
A Girl and Her Dog

 
Second Place

Sarah Cherry, Great Falls, MT
The Cabin in the Woods

Third Place

Fiona Catherine Daley, West Yellowstone, MT
Sunset Near the Willows

 

Montana’s Wild Rocky Mountain Front, Judged

 
First Place

Eric Regensburger, Helena, MT
Grinnell Colors

 
Second Place

Gene Sentz, Choteau, MT
Castle Reef

Third Place

Kelsey Lindquist
Perfect Reflection

 

Montana’s Wild Rocky Mountain Front, Popular Vote

 
First Place

Cheryl Crawley, Great Falls, MT
Fireworks

 
Second Place

Kasey Kreit, Great Falls, MT
Reflections on Swiftcurrent Lake

Third Place

Deva McKnight, Augusta, MT
Sawtooth Windy Day

 

Wild Northwestern Montana, Judged

 
First Place

Teresa Cronin, Issaquah, WA
Glacier Serenity

 
Second Place

Richard Ostrem, Kalispell, MT
Autumn Along the Middle Fork

 
Third Place

Ian Cameron, Whitefish, MT
Jewel Reflections

 

Wild Northwestern Montana, Popular Vote

 
First Place

Reese Stephan, Billings, MT
Avalanche Gorge

 
Second Place

Teresa Cronin, Issaquah, WA
Glacier Serenity

Third Place

Mark Curtis, Helena, MT
Holland Lake at Twilight

 

Montana Wildlife, Judged

 
First Place

Sally Carlson, Florence, MT
Flight of the Seagulls

 
Second Place

Ralph Thorton, Choteau, MT
Pika

Third Place

Jim Williams, Kalispell, MT
Ptarmagin and Glacier

 

Montana Wildlife, Popular Vote

 
First Place

Jessica Lindsay, Missoula, MT
Canada Lynx Kitten

 
Second Place

Jake McEachern, Clancy, MT
Baby Owl Eyes

Third Place

Chris Denning, Helena, MT
Big Bull in Velvet

 

Montana Wild Landscapes, Judged

 
First Place

Erin Clark, Missoula, MT
Alpine Architecture

 
Second Place

Mark Curtis, Helena, MT
Natural Bridge Falls

Third Place

Brittney Wilson, Helena, MT
Reflections of Winter

 

Montana Wild Landscapes, Popular Vote

 
First Place

Sadie Ackerson, Livingston, MT
Double Rainbow

 
Second Place

Brice Yatsko, Stockett, MT
Peep Show

Third Place

Rachel Berg, Kremlin, MT
Harvest Sunset

 

Montana Wildflowers, Judged

 
First Place

Wilma Immonen, Butte, MT
Pasque Flowers

 
Second Place

Rick Sheremeta, Somers, MT
Granite Park

Third Place

Sarah Sentz, Great Falls, MT
Wild Umbrellas

 

Montana Wildflowers, Popular Vote

 
First Place

Colter Pierce, Billings, MT
Not the Sun

 
Second Place

Taylor Young, Great Falls, MT
Nature's Garden

Third Place

Jessica Fuller, Helena, MT
Butterfly's and Thistles

 

People in Montana’s Wild Places, Judged

 
First Place

Sarah Sentz, Great Falls, MT
The Porch View

 
Second Place

Emily Stott, Choteau, MT
Pondering the Day

Third Place

Ryan Edwards, Great Falls, MT
Good Medicine

 

People in Montana’s Wild Places, Popular Vote

 
First Place

Emily Stott, Choteau, MT
Pondering the Day

 
Second Place

Jared Oyler, Missoula, MT
A Winter Morning at Lolo Pass

Third Place

Renee Boundy, Helena, MT
Sheltering from the Storm