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Wyoming Public Media Photo Contest Winners – 2018

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Congratulations to this year’s Wyoming Public Media Photo Contest winners! 

We were lucky to receive so many beautiful entries from all over Wyoming, and it was difficult to choose the best. The winners were chosen by listeners who voted for their favorite in each category, Wyoming’s Nature, Wyoming's People, and Wyoming’s History. We have posted the top 4 in each category below.

For the many other beautiful photos, you are welcome to visit Wyoming Public Media’s 2018 Photo Contest site

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The Falls at Sinks Canyon
Credit Celestrial Prall

1st Place - Wyomings' Nature Category

Celestrial Prall – The Falls at Sinks Canyon

My name is Celestrial (Celeste) Prall. I'm originally from Colorado Springs however, I moved to Laramie last year for school. I captured this moment during my service with the Wyoming Conservation Corps while working in Sinks Canyon. I'm studying Wildlife Biology & Fisheries Management and Energy & Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. I love photography, hiking, and anything that can get me outside.

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Credit Kathy Milks
Summer Splendor in the Snowy Range

Kathy Milks - Summer Splendor in the Snowy Range

My name is Kathleen (Kathy) Milks.  I am a self-employed massage therapist and also work part time as a massage therapist for UW athletics.  A couple of years ago I took my hobby of many years, photography,  and created Dynamic Endeavors Photography.   I spend most of my free time wandering and exploring our many incredible public lands, capturing those things that catch my eye.  This photo was taken in July in the Snowies. 

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Credit Dorrene Brown Butterfield
There’s a Bad Moon Rising

Dorrene Brown Butterfield – There’s a Bad Moon Rising

I live 5 miles south of Alpine, WY, in the north end of the beautiful Star Valley. I was born and raised in Cody; went to college at Casper College, U of WY (Go Pokes!), and U of MN; lived in WY, MN, CO, SD, and was misplaced in Nebraska (Go Big Red!) for 25 years. My husband Chuck (who’s also a WY native) and I moved back to WY in 2013. I love my family, photography, and cooking. I chronicle the year with photos taken from our deck in the Salt mountain range (http://www.theviewfromourdeck.com). I enjoy photographing the beauty of all the seasons in Wyoming (even mud season); that’s my WY.

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Credit Krissy Borcher
Heart Mountain Sunflowers

Krissy Borcher - Heart Mountain Sunflowers

Krissy Borcher is a self-taught photographer.  She grew up in Newcastle, Wyoming and currently lives in Moorcroft, Wy.  Krissy is an avid outdoorsman. She enjoys nature, photography, hunting, and fishing. Krissy picked up a camera almost 3 years ago now and has never looked back!

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Credit Chris Martin
Matt Groathouse "Skater Guy"

1st Place - Wyoming's People Category

Chris Martin – “Skater Guy” Matt Groathouse

We all see a lot in life, but I just can't let those moments pass by as mere memories. I'm a Wyoming native who loves capturing outdoor adventures, telling stories, and encouraging anyone who will listen to explore the wild places that evade top 10 lists.

"Students over the years have connected with "Skater Guy" because he knows what he loves, and finds ways to do it almost every day."

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Credit Kaley Holyfield
Gannett Expedition students learning the tools of trade from instructor Mark Jenkins

Kaley Holyfield – Gannett Expedition students learning the tools of trade from instructor Mark Jenkins

My name is Kaley Holyfield. I live, work, and go to school in Laramie. I was gifted a camera, and now I enjoy sharing my photos with others. I spend my free time hiking, skiing, and seeking out the most interesting places in Wyoming - as well as taking photos of all of the above!

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Credit Dorrene Brown Butterfield
Family Winter Fun

Dorrene Brown Butterfield - Family Winter Fun

I live 5 miles south of Alpine, WY, in the north end of the beautiful Star Valley. I was born and raised in Cody; went to college at Casper College, U of WY (Go Pokes!), and U of MN; lived in WY, MN, CO, SD, and was misplaced in Nebraska (Go Big Red!) for 25 years. My husband Chuck (who’s also a WY native) and I moved back to WY in 2013. I love my family, photography, and cooking. I chronicle the year with photos taken from our deck in the Salt mountain range (http://www.theviewfromourdeck.com). I enjoy photographing the beauty of all the seasons in Wyoming (even mud season); that’s my WY.

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Credit Katrina Roberts
Horse Pack Trip in the Wind Rivers

Katrina Roberts - Horse Pack Trip in the Wind Rivers

My name is Katrina and I currently live in Evanston, WY.  My husband and I enjoy backpacking, kayaking, and riding our horses in various areas of Wyoming and the Uintas.  It is easy to take beautiful pictures when in beautiful places such as Wyoming! 

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Credit Krissy Borcher
One of the Great Old Barns Still Standing in Wyoming

1st Place - Wyoming's History Category

Krissy Borcher – One of the Great Old Barns Still Standing in Wyoming

Krissy Borcher is a self-taught photographer.  She grew up in Newcastle, Wyoming and currently lives in Moorcroft, Wy.  Krissy is an avid outdoorsman. She enjoys nature, photography, hunting, and fishing. Krissy picked up a camera almost 3 years ago now and has never looked back!

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Credit Diana Kopulos
Wagon Wheel Garden

Diana Kopulos - Wagon Wheel Garden

I came to Laramie 45 summers ago and was one of the original owners of Rainbow Photography, a combination camera store, portrait studio and B/W & color lab. I specialized in portraiture, especially children, and still life photography. Transitioning to digital wasn't easy but now I have embraced it as it is much faster and cleaner with many more options for creative expression. After a string of interesting jobs, I am now retired and enjoy photography as a hobby and sometimes show my work locally. I just upgraded to a DSLR and hope to pursue portraiture again and continue to use what I've learned to showcase the beauty that is Wyoming.

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Credit Kaley Holyfield
An Old Find When Driving Across the State

Kaley Holyfield – An Old Find When Driving Across the State

My name is Kaley Holyfield. I live, work, and go to school in Laramie. I was gifted a camera, and now I enjoy sharing my photos with others. I spend my free time hiking, skiing, and seeking out the most interesting places in Wyoming - as well as taking photos of all of the above!

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Credit Chris Martin
Ames Monument

Chris Martin - Ames Monument

We all see a lot in life, but I just can't let those moments pass by as mere memories. I'm a Wyoming native who loves capturing outdoor adventures, telling stories, and encouraging anyone who will listen to explore the wild places that evade top 10 lists.

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Credit Sean Foy
Moran, Autumn Morning

Sean Foy - Moran, Autumn Morning

Sean Foy is from Ward, Colorado originally and is now a full time RVer with his wife, Holly. He works summers in Grand Teton National Park as a carpenter for GTLC and travels to warm destinations for the winter time. People can check out more of his photos on Instagram: foysean.

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For the many other beautiful photos, you are welcome to visit Wyoming Public Media’s 2018 Photo Contest site

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