Cultural Category Winner - Jeremiah Leipold.
“I’m drawn in by the soft light, layering, and juxtaposition of the various elements in this shot. The color in the sky is fantastic, and I love the yellow foliage on the brush surrounding the platform.” -- contest judge Vince Ready
Scenic Category winner - Sunrise at Horsethief Butte, Columbia Hills State Park, Jeremiah Leipold.
Contest judge comments: “I like the late-summer feel of this shot...The decision about where to place the rocks in the foreground creates nice balance, and it naturally guides the viewer’s eye towards the basalt cliffs in the distance.” “I love the composition of the near rocks leading the eye to the butte. The fact that the image was taken in the dry season makes it stand out.”
Wildflowers category winner - Bitterroot, Don Jacobson.
Judges' comments: “The flowers nestled in the rock are beautifully lit and include great detail. It’s a timeless composition.” “I love the soft background that adds nice detail but doesn't distract. My eye is drawn from flower to flower looking at the details, differences, similarities. I feel like I could spend a lot of time enjoyable time just absorbed in this image.”
Wildlife category winner, Song Sparrow at Steigerwald, by Bill Partin.
“There is incredible sharpness and detail in the sparrow’s plumage and eye/beak, yet it feels like you’re spying him through a gap in the bramble. The shallow depth of field and neutral background color makes this a very intimate shot.” -- contest judge Vince Ready
Youth Photographer category winner, Scrub Jay at Steigerwald, by Ethan Nenadic, age 14.
Judges' comments: “There is nice color and composition balance in this shot. The railing provides a 'trailing line' which naturally separates and anchors the frame, while the blues of the feathers against the green of the background make for a striking and engaging photograph.” “Well focused without any distracting elements. A deceptively simple image that works fantastically.”