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Sinks Canyon picks best scenic, wildlife contest pics

Aug 5, 2012 - From staff reports

Blue grouse competed against moose, rocks in a river against wildflowers, and butterflies challenged snowstorms in the 32nd annual Sinks Canyon State Park photo contest.

Dozens of photographers from around the county and state vied for ribbons and prizes in this year's contest. Park officials reported it was a strong year for entries, especially for wildlife and scenic shots.

Lander photographer Gene Schmidt won the Best of Show prize for his shot of a ruffed grouse in the canyon. Schmidt earned a $200 cash prize.

The winning photos will be on display through Labor Day at the Sinks Canyon Visitor Center. The winning pictures are on display panels, but visitors can see all of the photographs entered this year on the park's 42-inch flat screen TV.

"This gives people a chance to view all of the great shots we get," Sinks Canyon park superintendent Darrel Trembly said in a statement. "Many of the pictures that didn't place could have easily won ribbons if we had them to give out."

People coming to see the contest winners can vote for their favorite picture, which will be given a People's Choice ribbon on Labor Day.

Amy Kenworthy of Lander took first place and a $100 prize for her shot of a girl sitting near the roaring Middle Fork Falls in the Potpourri category.

Kenworthy also took second place and $60 in prize money with a shot of dogs running in the snow in the canyon.

Third place in the category went to Nancy Alley of Lander for her shot of people looking into Red Canyon. She won $40.

Honorable mention ribbons in the Potpourri category went to Becki Weber of Shoshoni, Carolyn Manka of Riverton, Linda Rood of Riverton and Bill Alley of Lander.

In the flora category, Amy Kenworthy won first for a shot of butterflies on Rabbitbrush.

Cinithia Yergler of Lander won second place and $60 for a shot of red winter leaves against the snow.

Chris Padesky of Rock Springs won third and $40 for his shot of balsamroots in the rocks.

Winning honorable mention ribbons in the flora category were Padesky, Nancy Alley, Michelle Buzalsky of Riverton, Bruce Gallinger of Lander and Barbara Rieman of Lander.

The wildlife category first-place award went to Gene Schmidt for a picture of a squirrel eating a nut on a branch. Second went to Evelyn Westlake of Kinnear for a shot of bees on a thistle, and third went to Joni Munsterteiger of Riverton for her photo of a moose.

Honorable mentions in wildlife went to Schmidt, Buzalsky, and Holly Ann Burns of Lander.

In the scenic category Scott Copeland won first with a shot from inside the Sinks Cavern looking out at the cliffs.

Second place in scenic went to Bill Alley for a winter scene on Frye Lake. Third went to Chris Padesky for water flowing over smooth rocks.

Honorable mentions in the scenic category went to Rood, Kenworthy, Rieman and Alley.

"We really appreciate the time and effort people take with their photos," Trembly said. "This contest is a great way to get people involved with the park and show off the beauty of this area. Win or lose, people really help support this gem of a park with their pictures."

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