Photo Contest: Honorable Mentions

We had so many wonderful photos in the Trailspace photo contest, that we wanted to highlight a few more of the top contenders in each category. Here are the Honorable Mentions photos (fourth- to sixth-ranked per category).


Landscape - Honorable Mentions


"Angwin Sunset" by Ken Seino (Kendog)


About Ken: Ken also had the top-ranked photo in People Outdoors with "Eichorn Pinnacle."

About the photo: Above the Napa Valley, California area are some great mountains with many unnamed lakes. This is one of them with the reflection of an incredibly symmetrical set of clouds at sunset. 



"White Water River" by Scott McWatty (squatty)


About Scott: Scott was our grand prize winner in the contest with "Freeze," his picture of a red-bellied woodpecker.

About the photo: This image was taken at the base of the Upper White Water Falls along the Foothills Trail in Oconee County, South Carolina. My brother and I had just completed the decent into the valley where the trail crosses over the White Water River. I told my brother to take a rest while I took some photos. Literally, while I'm taking this shot, my brother decides he's going to begin climbing out on the rocks to get to the bridge that allows you to cross the river and slips and sprains his ankle. He was a trooper though and hiked out nearly two miles from there with a bummed up ankle back to the car.



"Cottonwoods and log barn with Grand Teton" by Gary Palmer


About Gary: I am a 30+ year veteran of hiking, camping, traveling, bicycle touring, and photography. I have been all over the USA since my first trip in 1977 at age 21.

About the photo: The picture was taken at a place called Mormon Row in central Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is of an old barn built in the end of the 1800s. The area was settled by pioneers around the later part of that century, before them came the mountain men and fur trappers.


People Outdoors - Honorable Mentions


"Vidmo" by Vaclav Bednar (vaso)


About Vaclav: Vaclav was the third-place winner in People Outdoors with "Resolution."

About the photo: I was on my way down the Alpspitze, a hill near the Germany and Austria border (it is regarded as the most beautiful hill in Germany), when I saw Vidmo — an interesting atmospheric phenomenon arising from small water drops in air. It took only a few seconds, but just enough to take interesting photo.



"The Wave" by Nancy Adams


About Nancy: Nancy was our third place winner in Landscape with "Bearpaw Fire, Grand Tetons."

About the photo: The Wave is a sandstone rock formation near Page, Arizona.


"Buckskin Gulch" by Gary Palmer


About Gary: Gary also earned an Honorable Mention in Landscape, above.

About the photo: This shot was taken about halfway down the Buckskin Gulch canyon. It is the longest slot canyon in America at 13 miles long. It is 3 to 6 feet wide and 600 to 1,000 feet deep.


Nature and Wildlife - Honorable Mentions



"Looking over the menu" by Ed Suer (77bronco_ed)


About Ed: Although it does not happen as often as I would like, I still enjoy getting out the Moss tent and walking nature trails, and on occasion the mountain bike gets off pavement and onto some dirt. Recently I have begun photographing and displaying the Michigan wildlife I have been fortunate to experience while outdoors. Photography is a personal and peaceful way to enjoy nature and get a little exercise while outdoors.

About the photo: This photo of a Barred Owl was taken in Michigan last fall using Nikon equipment.


"Okefenokee Swamp Resident" by Michelle Cutter (shell684)


About Michelle: I am a nurse at Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. On my days off I love hiking, camping, and being outdoors. I have been learning about photography and hope to someday use my photos to inspire people to protect our wild outdoor places.



"Oregon Coast" by Nancy Adams


About Nancy: In addition to her Honorable Mention in People Outdoors, above, Nancy was our third place winner in Landscape with "Bearpaw Fire, Grand Tetons."


Congratulations to all of our Honorable Mention photographers, and a big thank you to everyone who participated in our first ever Trailspace photo contest. Whether you entered, voted, or just enjoyed the photos, your participation made the contest a success, and a lot of fun. Thanks!

See the winning images:


All images entered in the Trailspace photo contest are copyrighted by the photographer.

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April 26, 2010 at 9:10 p.m. (EDT)

I really like the Barred Owl. My brother and I were very fortunate to get an up close and personal viewing of one at Congeree NP in SC a few weekends ago.

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April 26, 2010 at 9:45 p.m. (EDT)

I like all of these for various reasons.

I was intrigued by Vidmo, isn't that like.....fog? I would like to know more.

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April 27, 2010 at 12:01 a.m. (EDT)

Man I like all those, but WOW that Gary Palmer guy is the best! Oops! That's me! Well anyway, it was a great photo contest and maybe next year I can try again. By then I hope to have hiked the length of the Paria from Tropic Utah to Lee's Ferry Arizona.

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April 27, 2010 at 7:46 a.m. (EDT)

Gary: I was really struck by the warmth in that barn shot after seeing it again this morning... that's hard to get in a landscape shot, especially with a jaggy mountain range for a backdrop.

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April 27, 2010 at 9:57 a.m. (EDT)

Yeah, I have another shot that was taken in spring with the tree's green.

Just not as dramatic without the foreground tree's, shadow and light play, the clouds, the lil stream and the Fall colors I think.

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April 28, 2010 at 2:37 a.m. (EDT)

I think I need to take a trip to Paige, Arizona to check out those sandstone rock formations. That's a pretty amazing bowl to be standing in.

Jim S
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April 29, 2010 at 7:57 p.m. (EDT)

I'd just like to say that many of those photos show what to me are obvious signs of "Photoshopping". That was against the rules of the contest, but then we voted on "best" and computer enhanced obviously won out.

Jim S

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April 29, 2010 at 8:48 p.m. (EDT)

There was no blanket ban on Photoshopping.

Minor digital enhancements (such as cropping, rotating, resizing, red-eye removal, spot editing, and corrective functions) are permitted, but images that have been significantly modified will be disqualified.

Granted, "significantly modified" is vague.

Alicia MacLeay (Alicia)
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April 29, 2010 at 9:04 p.m. (EDT)

One question to consider for a 2011 photo contest is whether we should separate amateur versus professional photographers, and if so, where is that line?

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April 30, 2010 at 12:01 a.m. (EDT)


If you are refering to the shot from The Wave? They are actually about halfway between Page and Kanab Utah. Take 89a east from Kanab till you get to the Paria just east of the Cockscomb Ridge. They are southwest fo the Paria Ranger Station. Or come west on 89a from Page to the same spot just past the Whitehouse Campground road.

See the following link for directions and route description.

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April 30, 2010 at 12:06 a.m. (EDT)


separating the amateur from the pro is hard. I have been both for 32 years. I like taking pictures as a hobby to capture the places I have been, but am still not interested in going pro to make money from it.Maybe when I am 65-75 and finally settled down to have the resource to make something of my photo work. As for some others there is obviously some who do it better.

Alicia MacLeay (Alicia)
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April 30, 2010 at 11:22 a.m. (EDT)

Yes, I agree that it would be hard to seperate pros versus amateurs, Gary.

I chose not to separate them this time because it's a tough line to find in the middle (what if you've sold a couple photos in your life, but otherwise are an amateur, for example) and we wanted the contest to be as inclusive as possible. It's something to consider though. I'd rather have two separate categories than to keep out the pros.

Also, if members have suggestions for the next photo contest (photo categories, rules, and so on), feel free to post them in a new Feedback forum thread, or send me an e-mail.

Overall, I'm quite happy with how the contest (our first ever) went. Now we have an inkling of the work that goes into running one!

Bill S
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April 30, 2010 at 11:51 a.m. (EDT)

I agree with Gary that separating pro from amateur is hard, except by self-definition.

Also, these days with PhotoShop and some other processing software making it so easy to do things that used to take us hours in the darkroom makes the line between "minor digital enhancements" and significant ones hard to define. To take an example, Ansel Adams spent a lot of time with preparing the film and processing it to get the most range out of the response of the silver, then doing a lot of dodging and burning to bring out shadow detail and subdue highlights, and then using selenium toner to get the best color appearance (his "black and white" images actually have a tone to them if you see the original prints). A lot of this is fairly easy to do in PhotoShop. High Dynamic Range images are now pretty easy to produce, yet involve merging of 2 to 7 images ranging from "under exposed" to "overexposed" with automated software, something that was extremely difficult in the old "chemical darkroom" days. Is this "minor"? PhotoShop and other similar software makes it easy to kick the color range up way beyond what was possible with film, and make colors much more brilliant than in nature (or on the other hand, to make them more subtle). Personally, I feel that making the colors as extremely "vivid" as is becoming fashionable among nature photographers is going too far. But this seems to be the trend, driven in part by what you see on television. People seem to really like supervivid coloration.

But, when you come down to it, an image is a means of communication. So if the image communicates the photographer's message well, it will be a success, even if it is manipulated heavily. It used to be said that "the camera does not lie." But eventually it has become realized (though not by the general public) that the image tells a very selective story from the photographer's and image processor's point of view. It is "truth" only in a very narrow sense, a narrowly selected view of what the photographer saw as "the truth". Because of this narrow selection, the image can, in fact, be very misleading, even if it is not an outright "lie", simply because it is, by its very nature, taken out of context and given its own context.

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April 30, 2010 at 12:21 p.m. (EDT)

Actually a photo is an outright lie because it conveys an illusion of stillness that does not exist in nature. But the ability to freeze time is exactly what we like about photography.

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