Winners of annual Sinks Canyon photo contest announced

Sep 4, 2015 From staff reports

A majestic Kestrel sitting on a fence post, the Milky Way gleaming above the canyon cliffs, a sled dog peeking from a kennel, and a fisherman casting a fly on a mountain stream are some of the winners in the 2015 Sinks Canyon State Park Photo Contest.

Photographers entered 170 snapshots into this year's contest, and the winning shots will be displayed at the park visitor center until Labor Day. Visitors will be able to vote for the People's Choice winner through then.

After Labor Day, the pictures will be on display through September at Westward Heights Care Center in Lander.

"We had some gorgeous bird shots this year," said park superintendent Darrel Trembly. "The time and energy people put into this contest is amazing --it really shows how much people care about Sinks Canyon."

Gene Schmidt of Lander won Best of Show with his shot of a kestrel sitting on a fence post. Schmidt took home a ribbon and $200.

Schmidt also took first place in the wildlife category with his shot of a mountain bluebird sitting on a snowy pine branch. The first place award earned him a ribbon and $100.

Coming in second place in the wildlife category was Lander resident Nancy Alley with her photo of a Cooper's hawk perched on a snowy branch. She won $50 and a ribbon. Third place went to a photo of a soaring sage grouse taken by Garhart Stephenson of Hudson. He won $35 and a ribbon.

Honorable mention winners in the wildlife category were: Todd Gowen, Lydia H. Bird, Schmidt, James VanOrman and Alley. All honorable mention winners received a ribbon.

In the flora category VanOrman won first place for a shot of a group of blanket flowers. Second place went to Brian Zinke for flowers along the Loop Road, and Alley won third place for a fall leaf with a crust of snow on it. All three won ribbons and cash prizes for their work. Honorable mentions in the flora category went to Shirley Rinker, Holly A. Burns, Megan VanOrman and Alley.

In the potpourri category, first place and $100 went to Stephenson for his shot of stars over the canyon cliff walls. Stephenson also won second place for his shot of a fisherman on Atlantic Creek. Amy Kenworthy of Lander won third place for a sled dog in a kennel at the winter sled dog races in Sinks Canyon.

Honorable mentions in potpourri were: Shannon Givens, Cindy Hayford, Shad Hamilton and Gina Marie Galitz.

In the always competitive scenic category, Bill Alley of Lander won first place for his shot of deer tracks in the snow. Stephenson won second and third in scenic for his shots of ice formations in the Popo Agie River and badlands along the Little Popo Agie River near Hudson.

Honorable mentions in the scenic category went to: Cindy Hayford, Holly Ann Burns, Layla Hayford, Galitz and Stephenson.

"Folks should really come out to the park and see the work people in this county are capable of," Trembly said. "We also have all the shots that didn't win playing on our large-screen TV. Many are just as good as the shots that won."

For information on the photo contest or the park, call 332-6333 or visit

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