At the Photography Club awards party on September 12, winners of the 2018 Pagosa Springs Digital Photography Competition were announced. The contest received entries from 21 club members in three categories: Landscape, People and Nature. In total, 117 photos were entered. The images in each category were independently judged by two professional photographers on the basis of composition, impact and technical quality. Scores from both judges were added together to determine the top images. The contest was quite competitive, with several ties.
In the Nature category, winners were Chris Roebuck, for Female Falcon & Food and Andy Butler, for Halloween Pennant (tied for 1st). Third place in Nature was Chris Roebuck, for The Wild Mustang. Two images received honorable mention. These were by Kristine Rubish, for Predator-Prey, and Andy Butler, for Pagosa Buck.
Winners in the People category were Chris Roebuck, for Shy Russian and Fred Guthrie, for Lincoln Durham (tied for 1st). Third place in the People category was awarded to Fred Guthrie, for Riverboat Captain. Receiving honorable mention were Bob Green, for Street of Flowers and Liz Mockbee, for Mountain Photographer.
Judging of the Landscape category resulted in a three-way tie for first place. The winning images were Chimney Rock Milky Way, by Dave Minkel, Mount Hitchcock, by Andy Butler, and Courthouse Rock Sunset, by Andy Butler. Honorable mention in the Landscape group was presented to Liz Mockbee, for Kualoa Ranch, and Dave Minkel, for Yavapai Point.
Chris Roebuck’s photo Shy Russian was also selected as Grand Champion.
Congratulations to the winners! Thanks to all who entered the contest, the contest committee, judges and everyone who helped make our Awards party a success!