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The West is not just about the varied terrain in which we live, but the collection of perspectives and realities of the people who occupy this inspiring land. Add your voice to High Country News – or enjoy those of other readers – and embrace your community of fellow people who care about the West.

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The People of the West

Entries: (81)
Began: Apr 12, 2010
Ended: May 23, 2010

SUBMIT up to three of your image(s) starting April 12, through midnight, May 9, 2010. Click on an image to enlarge it. VOTE for your favorites (within the enlarged view frame) through midnight, May 23, 2010.
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Winning Entry

Coffee Break in Shoshone, Idaho

Coffee Break in Shoshone, Idaho

by nribi — Wid Tanaka, born and raised in Shoshone, Idaho, has coffee with his friends on a Saturday morning at the Valley Co-op, Shoshone. Photo by Nils Ribi, March 6, 2010

by marlab 4

A Nuzzle Between Friends

Blue Barney and myself

by RedOni 4


Alien encountered in the Cadiz Dunes near Twentynine Palms, CA

by MattBarnes 4

Stockmanship for rangeland restoration

Guy Glosson, Certified Educator in Holistic Management, teaches low-stress livestock handling at a Quivira Coalition workshop on the Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico. Herding techniques will be used to get livestock to the right place, at the right time, for the right reasons -- facilitating rangeland restoration.

by MattBarnes 4

High-angle mountain rescue

Grand County Search and Rescue: an all-volunteer non-profit organization providing four-season backcountry emergency services in Colorado.

by jbarnes 4

Heathens in God's Country

Back in 1980, two Colorado Plateau bums (Joel Barnes & Doug Hulmes) took a break near the old wooden suspension bridge along Highway 128 and the Colorado River, just outside of Moab, Utah. Until the bridge burned down several years ago, this bridge spanned the Colorado just downstream of the Dolores River confluence.

by hdoliver 3

Dragging calves to the fire

HE is dragging a calf to the fire at a branding near Cortez, Colorado.

by Alpine 3

Boys and a Stream

Grandsons playing in Fall Creek, Lane County, Oregon

by Alpine 3

Rest Stop in the Wilderness

A long ago backpack trip in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, California.

by jasonandrick 3

Huckleberry Season in Montana

Shot while searching for wild huckleberries in Gallatin National Forest near Hyalite Reservior in August 2009 (outside Bozeman, MT).

by MattBarnes 3

Traditional ecological wisdom, modern methods

George Whitten, Jr., who raises organic grassfed beef on his San Juan Ranch in Colorado's San Luis Valley, observes cattle at a stockmanship workshop sponsored by the Quivira Coalition at the Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.

by uptownlarrysmith 3

Anselmo Mineyard, Butte Montana

Ed and John - many decades with the Anaconda Company, showing us the work they did.

by BrantNybergPhotography 2

Adventure awaits

My nephew gets permission to join his older cousins up the hill. Washington Park, Douglas, Wyoming.

by madison 2

Born into beauty

Just a day old, proud new mom is excited to show baby what he has to look forward to... Boulder, CO

by BrantNybergPhotography 2

Homestead Windmill

A lonesome windmill and decaying homestead keep vigil over the eastern plains of Wyoming.

by corky 2

The King and Queen of Flauschink

Flauschink Crested Butte is an end of the ski season polka party, parade and an honor to be crowned King or Queen.

by uptownlarrysmith 2

Welcome in Plains, Montana

People are actually friendly, but they don't come off that way initially.

by Nedduh 2
by Nedduh 2
by Alpine 1

Beautiful Day

My husband, Tom, fishing for salmon in Neah Bay, Washington last summer .

by RedOni 0

Coupla cowboys

A couple of cowpokes at Cabot's Pueblo, Desert Hot Springs, CA on 6 Jun 09

The topic: We want to see faces from all corners of the West!  Submit up to three of your best image(s) of a person or people who you think reflect the varied communities and terrain of the West.

About submitting images: Entrants may submit up to three (3) photos for each photo contest, in JPEG, PNG and GIF file formats only; each image submitted may be no larger than 2 megabytes in size.

About voting on images: Instead of making you choose only one entry to vote for, we decided to allow viewers to vote positively for any entry they want to -- one vote per viewer, per image. But be careful - you can't undo your vote once you've clicked the "vote" button, so CHOOSE CAREFULLY!