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2012 Photo Contest Winners!
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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
2012 Photo Contest Winners! on 03/06/2012 15:46:33 MST Print View

Companion forum thread to:

2012 Photo Contest Winners!

Nick Brown

Locale: Highland Park
"2012 Photo Contest Winners!" on 03/06/2012 16:37:51 MST Print View

Congrats to the winners and all who participated! Thanks for sharing your photos and to BPL for conjuring up the competition. It's a great idea.

I would only say that the judges seemed to favor color perhaps at the expense of tone and atmosphere provided by more "drained" images.

Hope the competition continues!

Robert H
Spplendid on 03/06/2012 18:09:07 MST Print View

Talk about amazing photos... what a beautiful hobby we all share.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Makes me want too... on 03/06/2012 18:42:05 MST Print View

Congrats to the winners. There are some awesome pics there. Makes me want to plan ten new trips and buy a new camera! I love all the feedback on what makes a good photo. I'm more of a snapshooter but all the ideas here will help me take better shots on feature trips. Thanks.

Chris S
(csteutterman) - F

Locale: Tahoe
Re: Makes me want too... on 03/06/2012 18:47:21 MST Print View

"Makes me want to plan ten new trips"

Agreed. The Colorado Trail just jumped up on my list.

Daniel Paladino
(dtpaladino) - F - MLife

Locale: Northern Rockies
Frédéric Maillard on 03/06/2012 23:23:21 MST Print View

Great shots everyone! I especially like Frédéric Maillard's shot from Iceland. I will be there in early July with my family!

Keith Bassett

Locale: Pacific NW
Desktop Size Images on 03/07/2012 10:33:34 MST Print View

Any chance that the images could be posted at hi resolution to use for desktop images?

Great photography, now I really want to go to patagonia!

Will Rietveld
(WilliWabbit) - MLife

Locale: Southwest Colorado
Re: 2012 Photo Contest Winners! on 03/07/2012 11:00:36 MST Print View

Beautiful photos and very inspiring, thanks to everyone that participated.

A small correction: in the honorable mention photo by Steve Denny, the lake pictured is Taylor Lake and the pass is Kennebec Pass, about 20 miles from the end of the Colorado Trail.

Edited by WilliWabbit on 03/07/2012 14:40:02 MST.

Tim Heckel
(ThinAir) - M

Locale: 6237' - Manitou Springs
Leave No Trace on 03/07/2012 11:06:56 MST Print View

Beautiful photos one and all! I have enjoyed them all.
Congrats to the winners.
Perhaps Leave No Trace principles should be encouraged in future contests.

Greg Hummel
Banner and Thousand Island Lake on 03/07/2012 11:20:03 MST Print View

This is one of THE most photographed scenic area in the Sierra. It is also my favorite place in the world of the outdoors. In 2001, I camped there preparing to climb Banner. My hiking partner and I came down to the lake as the peak was bathed in pastel colors of early morning and the lake was a perfect mirror. We both had our cameras and took several. My best is now framed on the wall of my living room. We climbed Banner that day, a glorious one.


Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Banner and Thousand Island Lake on 03/07/2012 12:29:22 MST Print View

Technically, there is no Mount Banner there. The correct name is Banner Peak.

The peak behind it is Mount Ritter. To avoid confusion, often the two are lumped together as "Ritter and Banner."


Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Hi-res images on 03/07/2012 13:41:32 MST Print View

What a great idea! However, BPL only has the rights to publish these images once - copyright remains with the original photographer. If said original photogs want to grant me permission, I can link their photos to the original size they submitted for user download.

Edited by addiebedford on 03/07/2012 13:42:16 MST.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: "2012 Photo Contest Winners!" on 03/07/2012 20:02:51 MST Print View

I think Addie's new avatar is a winner. Who knew she is such a dish!?!

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Northern Colorado
Re: Hi-res images on 03/07/2012 20:32:18 MST Print View

Perhaps a member's only download to protect the photographers?

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"2012 Photo Contest Winners!" on 03/07/2012 21:24:55 MST Print View

As pleasing to the eye as the majority of the photographs are, almost all of them leave me desiring more from the image maker. Where is their voice? In some of the images I fail to get a sense of how the photographer is responding to the environment before them, beyond the "Wow, what that's nice!....*shutter release." Even a landscape photograph can tell a story if it has the right elements....or absence of.

With the exception of the first photograph, which is technically proficient and meticulously crafted, Danny Milks' photograph of the lone traveler traversing a snow field, and Sieto van der Heide's photo overlooking Denali, many of the remaining images in this contest appear as simple snapshots in beautiful can you snap a "bad" photograph in Patagonia or climbing a glacier in NZ?

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: "2012 Photo Contest Winners!" on 03/08/2012 11:09:28 MST Print View


I have nothing but respect for you and I want to learn more about what you are talking about, so I can understand.

Can you use one of the photos from above and tell me how you think it might have been shot differently to give it more "voice" to interject the photographer's physical or emotional response to the environment they are in?

I am just having a hard time trying get my head around what it is that you feel is missing.

Yes, they are pretty pictures, but are you saying that they are too "post card" perfect and as a result are a bit sterile and lack the little individual tweeks that would add a bit of personal style/"voice" to the shot?


Fred eric
(Fre49) - MLife

Locale: France, vallée de la Loire
Danny lone hiker on 03/08/2012 11:31:56 MST Print View

I like a lot Danny Milks photo composition.
This hiker and his path, wow !

Daniel you will love Iceland, there is so much diversity in a small island with great freedom about where you can go.
I plan to go back there soon, maybe next year.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: "2012 Photo Contest Winners!" on 03/08/2012 14:29:50 MST Print View

"As pleasing to the eye as the majority of the photographs are, almost all of them leave me desiring more from the image maker."

We probably need to go back at look at the "rules" for the contest.

But I understand exactly what Eugene means. I also thoroughly enjoy most of the pictures posted here on BPL. But for a contests, I want to understand the story...

- A beautiful vista of high altitude mountains and a seemingly endless vista, but you see the hikers struggling with the ascent and altitude, you feel their pain and slow progress, but you see that it will be worth it because you see the vista they will enjoy once at the top.

- A hiker strolling down a beautiful trail surrounded by breath-taking scenery. You see satisfaction and ease in the hiker's posture, they are communicating the enchantment and you can SEE they are happy.

- A grizzled hiker exiting a wonderful place, the hiker looks like he has been in the wilderness for a while, you see the wilderness behind him, and you see that he has been cleansed by the experience in his face and posture.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: "2012 Photo Contest Winners!" on 03/08/2012 15:36:30 MST Print View


I completely understand what you are talking about with the examples that you are talking about.

By having a subject/person in the photo it can add context to the moment, which can be reflected in the facial expressions of the people in the photo or their body posture to show the challenges they are facing within that environment.

In my pocket camera photos, I often prefer to focus on people within my shots to give a context.

I think that it might help to have Addie post up the criteria that we were given in making the evaluations.

From memory, there were three areas that we were asked to judge on.

1. Technical aspects of the shot

2. does the shot make me feel, it is pleasing to the eye

3. Inspirational...does the photo capture a sense of adventure and inspire someone to want to get out there, want to be there.

I hope that I am remembering it the criteria right.


Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
2012 Photo Contest Winners on 03/08/2012 16:50:07 MST Print View


Congrats to the winners and enjoy your cool gifts!