With fall in full swing, we love to look back at all the spectacular photos of everyone’s adventures from the past year. This year’s photo contest was a success with over double the amount of photos we have had in the past. With so many incredible entries, it was difficult to narrow it down to only three.
Our top three winners did a phenomenal job of capturing the beauty of Washington’s public lands and national parks. They had their photos printed out (first place framed by Annie’s Art and Frame, second and third place on Stretch and Staple canvas) and auctioned off at our annual event, Wild Night Out, where all proceeds supported Washington Wild’s efforts to protect wild lands and waters in our state! Here’s a sneak peek of the winning photos:
First place: Ross Eckert, Alpine Lakes Wilderness
“An excellent backcountry loop hike in the beautiful Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Starting at the West Fork Foss trailhead and ending at the East Fork trailhead, we covered roughly 28 miles, climbed around 11,000 feet, and saw countless alpine lakes.”
Second place: Andy Porter, Olympic National Park
When it comes to picturesque views of the wild and rugged Olympic Coast, Point of Arches tops the list. At only 8 miles round trip, this hike can easily be done in a day, but also makes for an easy backpack.
Third place: Erwin Buske, Garfield Mountain
“In late November, I took one of those long hikes in the light rain that makes me happy I live in the Pacific Northwest-yes I love hiking in light rain! This time I headed west (rather than east) along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, past rainy creek and on to Pratt River. What a spectacular section of trail through the rain forest! I especially like the sounds of the light rain falling on the trees and bushes against the constant roar of the Snoqualmie River occasionally with the accompaniment of small creeks and streams swollen with near constant rain. There was only one brief opening and I retook this image, this time with a dusting of snow on Garfield Mountain and some clouds rolling through the valley.”
Congratulations to our winners, and a huge thank you to everyone who participated in this contest! We invite all participants and anyone who missed the contest to attend our collaboration event with Stretch and Staple on October 13th! We can’t wait to see all the awesome prints at this upcoming event.