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County photographers win big in Sinks Canyon photo contest

Aug 16, 2013 - From staff reports

Fremont County photographers pulled out the stops in the 33rd annual Sinks Canyon State Park Photo Contest. Buzzing hummingbirds, frolicking moose, children splashing and sled dogs jumping were among the winners. Dozens of photographers from Lander, Riverton and Hudson took home prizes and ribbons for their efforts.

The Best of Show prize was won by Riverton photographer Linda Rood for her shot of three children peering out from a cave in the canyon. Rood won 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," said park superintendent Darrel Trembly. "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.

Bruce Gallinger of Lander took first place and a $100 prize for his shot of a Rufous hummingbird in the wildlife category. Second in wildlife and $60 went to Stephenie Binns of Hudson for her shot of a false bumblebee. Third place in the category went to Gene Schmidt of Lander for his shot of a house finch. He won $40.

Honorable mention ribbons in the wildlife category went to Gene Schmidt, Stephenie Binns, Linda Rood, Dansie Stockton of Lander, Wanda Crowe of Riverton, Nancy Alley and Amy Kenworthy of Lander

In the flora category Bill Alley of Lander won first and $100 for a shot of flowers in Red Canyon. Lydia H. Bird of Lander won second and $60 for a shot of a sego lily and Shirley Rinker of Lander won third and $40 for vetch on South Pass.

Winning honorable mention ribbons in the flora category were Amy Kenworthy, Carolyn Manka of Riverton, Gay Sherlock of Lander, Lydia H. Bird and Cheyanne Clinnin of Lander.

In the scenic category Scott Copeland won first with a shot of sunset over Red Canyon. Second place in scenic went to Wanda Crowe for a fall shot of Fiddlers Lake and third was won by Bill Alley for fall aspens.

Honorable mentions in the scenic category went to Linda Rood, Gene Schmidt and Kenneth Rieman of Lander.

In potpourri, Shad Hamilton of Lander won first with a shot of a boy on a snow machine above the canyon. Second went to Amy Kenworthy for jumping sled dogs and third was awarded to Shad Hamilton for a snowboarder.

Honorable mentions in the potpourri category went to Miranda Rieth, Cindy Hayford, Katie Erickson of Lander, Greg Stone of Hudson, Linda Rood and Shirley Rinker.

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