The beauty of the West has no limits, and neither did this year's Visions of the West Photo Contest. With no categories or restrictions, this year's submissions surpassed all expectations.
Each year, we challenge our camera-clicking readers to take and submit photos that define the West through our Visions of the West Photo Contest. And what we receive in abundance are stunningly vibrant images that expand everyone's idea of this remarkable place.
This year is no exception. In fact, this year we gave our participants more freedom than ever. With no limits. No categories. No restrictions.
Some say the creative eye opens wider out here.
So take a gander at the winners and runners-up in this year's C&I Visions of the West Photo Contest.
Winning photos were selected by C&I staff and contributors, in a blind-vote from over 500 entries.
Header Image: CONTEST WINNER — Traditions, Danny Nestor
FINALIST — Morning Gathers In Nevada, Sigrid Zimaro
FINALIST — Unbridled, Erika Haight
FINALIST — Winter Frost, Mandy Frank
FINALIST — July Sunset, Lori Sortino
Part of the value of photography is its ability to immortalize fleeting moments of beauty, and C&I has dedicated itself to capturing the gorgeous moments that, when placed together, create a glimpse into why the West is such a cherished place and state of mind.
Do you have some photos you'd like to share? Whether you're a first-timer or an old pro, be sure to stay tuned for next year's C&I Visions of the West photography contest for your chance to share your vision of the West.