Past photo contest highlights, plus the latest homepage offerings.
I'll get right to the point here, because there's not much time to waste: For the readers who never put down their cameras, don't forget that the deadline for entering our annual photo contest is approaching. October 31 is the cutoff for submissions to be considered for cash prizes and publication in our February/March 2019 photography issue. Find out how to enter the photo contest by clicking here; there are five thematic categories and you can enter one shot per category.
And if you are curious about the caliber of shots that often stand out to editors and judges in the contest, keep on scrolling. You'll see the last five years of top contest winners along with a little on what inspired them:
2014: Despite the adrenaline rush that Billie Jean Duff says she gets from pointing her lens at arena action, the shot that earned her the contest victory was of a still, contemplative bull rider moments before he took his position.
2015: Greyhawk From Ohkay Owingeh, captures 10-year-old Lauren Greyhawk in June 2013 at the end of a long day of dancing in the summer heat, his eyes showing fatigue — but no lack of intensity — after hours in his costume and face paint.
2016: “I’m kind of a horse wannabe,” photographer April Robinson says. “I’ve always loved horses. I’ve always tried to be around them as much as I could, but, you know, certain circumstances and lifestyles just never led me to be able to have a horse.” Instead, she photographs the horses at Ellis Park — from being saddled up to getting showered down.
2017: Wildlife had long been the focus of Danny Nestor’s photographic passion, but when he started training his lens on horses out West, something clicked. “I was always amazed by horses. Especially the power of a horse. I just find them incredible.
2018: Bursting off the page, there they are, three cowboys and a horse, frozen in a single flash. “Rodeo is such a traditional part of the West, but so is devotion to friends, teamwork, and the sport,” says R. Brad Stamm, who named the piece Teamwork to honor every subject in the frame.
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