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Wyoming Public Media Photo Contest - 2023

Wyoming Public Media Photo Contest Winners - 2023
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Ahmad Ansari - Tipi at Night
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Wyoming Public Media Traveling Photography

A traveling display of 14 framed photos from the 2023 Wyoming Public Media Photo Contest "Wyoming Through Listeners’ Eyes” will be traveling around Wyoming this year.

Wyoming Through Listeners’ Eyes!

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

We were lucky to receive over 150 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 Grand Prize Winner, based on listener votes, and the top 3 in each category below.

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Grand Prize Winner - First Place People Category
Zo van den Brink-Lemley - fixin' up them chaps

Zo van den Brink-Lemley
Zo van den Brink-Lemley - fixin' up them chaps

Zoë Van Den Brink-Lemley is a junior at the University of Wyoming, studying Secondary English Education with a focus on Teaching English as a Second Language as well as pursuing a photography minor. From having the role as Marketing Director for the UWYO Ethics Club as well as being an avid member of the university's Track and Field team, Zoë tries to stay active in her local community. Originally from Bozeman, Montana, Zoë has always grown up with a love for the outdoors, encouraging her active lifestyle and love for the natural aesthetics of the world. Her future aspirations involve teaching English abroad at the university level and sharing stories through photography. In her free time, she enjoys genuine conversations, reading literature, film photography, writing, London fog latte’s, traveling abroad, yoga, and headstands. Follow more of Zoë’s adventure on instagram: @zo.vdbl and @smilesbyzo

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1st Place - Nature Category
Zo van den Brink-Lemley – Golden Hour Rays Spread Across Laramie

Zo van den Brink-Lemley – Golden Hour Rays Spread Across Laramie Zoë Van Den Brink-Lemley is a junior at the University of Wyoming, studying Secondary English Education with a focus on Teaching English as a Second Language as well as pursuing a photography minor. From having the role as Marketing Director for the UWYO Ethics Club as well as being an avid member of the university's Track and Field team, Zoë tries to stay active in her local community. Originally from Bozeman, Montana, Zoë has always grown up with a love for the outdoors, encouraging her active lifestyle and love for the natural aesthetics of the world. Her future aspirations involve teaching English abroad at the university level and sharing stories through photography. In her free time, she enjoys genuine conversations, reading literature, film photography, writing, London fog latte’s, traveling abroad, yoga, and headstands. Follow more of Zoë’s adventure on instagram: @zo.vdbl and @smilesbyzo
Zo van den Brink-Lemley
Zo van den Brink-Lemley – Golden Hour Rays Spread Across Laramie

Zoë Van Den Brink-Lemley is a junior at the University of Wyoming, studying Secondary English Education with a focus on Teaching English as a Second Language as well as pursuing a photography minor. From having the role as Marketing Director for the UWYO Ethics Club as well as being an avid member of the university's Track and Field team, Zoë tries to stay active in her local community. Originally from Bozeman, Montana, Zoë has always grown up with a love for the outdoors, encouraging her active lifestyle and love for the natural aesthetics of the world. Her future aspirations involve teaching English abroad at the university level and sharing stories through photography. In her free time, she enjoys genuine conversations, reading literature, film photography, writing, London fog latte’s, traveling abroad, yoga, and headstands. Follow more of Zoë’s adventure on Instagram: @zo.vdbl and @smilesbyzo

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2nd Place - Nature Category
Kathleen Milks – Boop

Kathleen Milks – Boop
Kathleen Milks
Kathleen Milks – Boop

Kathleen (Kathy) Milks is a self-employed massage therapist and photographer.  A couple of years ago she took her hobby of many years, photography, and created Dynamic Endeavors Photography.  Kathy spends most of her free time wandering and exploring our many incredible public lands, capturing those things that catch her eye.

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3rd Place - Nature Category
David Fryman – Sunset over Upper North Crow Reservoir

David Fryman – Sunset over Upper North Crow Reservoir
David Fryman
David Fryman – Sunset over Upper North Crow Reservoir

David Fryman hails from Montana and currently lives in beautiful Cheyenne, Wyoming. He greatly enjoys owning David Fryman Photography, where he specializes in real estate, landscape, and music photography, videography, and aerials. A proud Navy Seabees veteran and former craftsman/woodworker, David manages chronic migraines but finds joy in photography, music, hiking, off-roading, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

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1st Place People Category
Zo van den Brink-Lemley - fixin' up them chaps

Zo van den Brink-Lemley - fixin' up them chaps
Zo van den Brink-Lemley
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Zo van den Brink-Lemley
Zo van den Brink-Lemley - fixin' up them chaps

Zoë Van Den Brink-Lemley is a junior at the University of Wyoming, studying Secondary English Education with a focus on Teaching English as a Second Language as well as pursuing a photography minor. From having the role as Marketing Director for the UWYO Ethics Club as well as being an avid member of the university's Track and Field team, Zoë tries to stay active in her local community. Originally from Bozeman, Montana, Zoë has always grown up with a love for the outdoors, encouraging her active lifestyle and love for the natural aesthetics of the world. Her future aspirations involve teaching English abroad at the university level and sharing stories through photography. In her free time, she enjoys genuine conversations, reading literature, film photography, writing, London fog latte’s, traveling abroad, yoga, and headstands. Follow more of Zoë’s adventure on instagram: @zo.vdbl and @smilesbyzo

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2nd Place Wyoming’s People Category
Emily Gerlach – Cowgirl up

Emily Gerlach – Cowgirl up
Emily Gerlach
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Emily Gerlach
Emily Gerlach – Cowgirl up

Emily Gerlach is from Aurora Colorado and is currently an intern for the University of Wyoming’s Athletic Department. In April of this year, Emily got to be the head photographer for the University’s Rodeo team Laramie River Rendezvous Rodeo. That is where she not only took this photo but learned she had a passion for Western media. Outside of taking photos for the Athletic Department, she enjoys spending her time being social.

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3rd Place - Wyoming's People Category
Kai Haukaas – Wyoming Love - Riki and Kevin

3rd Place Wyoming’s People Category Kai Haukaas – Wyoming Love - Riki and Kevin (10 votes)
Kai Haukaas
3rd Place Wyoming’s People Category Kai Haukaas – Wyoming Love - Riki and Kevin (10 votes)

Kai Haukaas, is from Evanston, WY. He is currently a senior at the University of Wyoming studying communication and public relations. Kai loves Wyoming, road trips, photography, podcasts, and probably more.

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1st Place - Wyoming's History Category
Kai Haukaas - The Glacial History of Wyoming

Kai Haukaas - The Glacial History of Wyoming
Kai Haukaas
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Kai Haukaas
Kai Haukaas - The Glacial History of Wyoming

Kai Haukaas, is from Evanston, WY. He is currently a senior at the University of Wyoming studying communication and public relations. Kai loves Wyoming, road trips, photography, podcasts, and probably more.

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2nd Place - Wyoming's History Category
Diana Kopulos – Once Upon a Homestead

Diana Kopulos Once Upon a Homestead
Diana Kopulos
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Diana Kopulos
Diana Kopulos Once Upon a Homestead

Diana Kopulos came to Laramie 50 summers ago and was one of the original owners of Rainbow Photography, a combination camera store, portrait studio and color lab. She specialized in portraiture, especially children and floral still life. Transitioning to digital wasn’t easy but now she has embraced it as much faster and cleaner with many more options for creative expression. Now retired, Diana enjoys photography as a hobby and occasionally shows her work locally.

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3rd Place - Wyoming's History Category
Allan Lee – The great spirit bear that continues to represent the native roots of MECHEWEAMI-ING

Allan Lee – The great spirit bear that continues to represent the native roots of MECHEWEAMI-ING
Allan Lee
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Allan Lee
Allan Lee – The great spirit bear that continues to represent the native roots of MECHEWEAMI-ING

Allan Lee is a musician first and foremost, also a photographer, cinematographer, videographer, and producer living in Cody. “There is always music and projects being put together devoted to my love of Wyoming and beyond.”  Allan’s interests are researching music and collecting instruments from all over the world, studying music and instrument history as well as making some of his own instruments which are showcased and utilized in video or photography projects.

We've held the photo contest annually since 2012. To explore some of the winners from previous years, visit our Photo Contest Winners Archive page.