CHEYENNE - An image of otter pups in Yellowstone National Park by Cody, Wyo., photographer Meg Sommers was judged best in show of nearly 2,100 images submitted by 217 photographers for the 2013 Wyoming Wildlife photo contest. The February issue of Wyoming Wildlife, featuring contest winners in all categories, is now on newsstands.
Other winners include Jackson photographer Steve Mattheis in the wildlife category for his first-place photo of a black bear in Grand Teton National Park. Laramie photographer Allison Pluda’s photo of Lake Marie Falls in the Snowy Range was judged best in the scenic category and Tim Doolin of Sheridan received first place in the flora category for his photograph of high-country wildflowers. Carol Bachmann of Cody took first place in the recreation category for her snowy elk hunt scenic taken in the Shoshone National Forest near the Greybull River.
In addition to the grand prize and category winners, second- and third-place winners are featured along with numerous honorable mention photographs. (An additional selection of entries from the photo contest will appear in the November calendar issue.)
Wyoming Wildlife editor Amber Leberman said the judging panel was impressed with the quality of the images photographers submitted this year.
“The photographers who entered the contest shared the best of Wyoming’s wildlife and all this state has to offer,” Leberman said. “It’s such a privilege to see the state through their eyes, and to visit places and witness wildlife moments that the average person might not get to, otherwise.”
Although submission guidelines for the 2014 contest have not been finalized, most contest rules will remain unchanged. Only digital entries will be considered — no prints, slides or negatives will be accepted. (The magazine’s policy of accepting only digital entries contributes to cost savings and efficiency.) Entries must measure 17 inches in their longest dimension at 300 dpi. All photos must have been taken in Wyoming. Categories for 2014 will remain: wildlife, scenic-pictorial, recreation and flora. The next contest deadline is Nov. 24, 2014. Full submission guidelines will appear in Wyoming Wildlife and at wgfd.wyo.gov in October.
Wyoming Wildlife is available on newsstands. Subscriptions are available at (800) 710-8345 or wgfd.wyo.gov (select “Multimedia”) for $12.95 for a year.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)