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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 nribi 130

Coffee Break in Shoshone, Idaho

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 alpinfoto 71

Silver Creek Angler

Spring fly fishing on the pond above Kilpatrick Bridge, Picabo, Idaho. An angler enjoys the peace and serenity of uncrowded waters in the West.

by x2awatt 129

Across the Snow Field

On a hot late June day, a hiker crosses a snow field during a hike up Table Mountain in Idaho.

by skiercol 24

Sunrise Duck Hunt

Beautiful morning sunrise in Laramie, Wyoming

by jottawalee 51

Pat and Hawk, Archaeologists

At the end of a long day of contract archaeology on the White Sands Missile Range, south of Alamogordo, NM, May 1987

by Hoosiermuse 18

Huckleberry picking in the North Cascades

With Mount Challenger for company, Paula Ogden-Muse picks huckleberries for breakfast in North Cascades National Park. Photo by Jeff Muse.

by traveltilmyhomeisfound michelle jorgensen 79

Kid's Ranch Rodeo

Kid's Ranch Rodeo in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming.

by traveltilmyhomeisfound 44

Cattle Chute Playground

Small children play in an old cattle chute at the HF Bar Ranch, Saddlestring, Wyoming.

by rangerbighorn 67

Neon Canyon

A perfect spotlight in Neon Canyon, a tributary to the Escalante river in southern Utah.

by mlynne 21

Riding Drag and Eating Dirt

Toward the end of a hot, dry day spent rounding up cattle on the 100 Ranch near Carrizozo, New Mexico. Photo taken from horseback with a Nikon N90s.

by mlynne 33

Brother Bob

At the 100 Ranch near Carrizozo, New Mexico

by cleary6717 50

Slickhorn Canyon Hike

Backpacking trek off Cedar Mesa, Utah 2007.

by readshelley 7

Feeding the Soul at 14,000 Feet

A pristine summer's morning at 14,000 feet: heading off Mt. Blanca to summit Mt. Ellingwood, Colorado's Sangre De Christo range

by traveltilmyhomeisfound michelle jorgensen 73

Wrangler and little cowboy

Wrangler and little cowboy at the HF Bar Ranch, Wyoming.

by coonrad 6

Quileute Fisherman

A Quileute fisherman stands on the banks of the Quileute river on a blustery February day. La Push, Washington.

by skiercol 16

Watching a Western Sunset

A man and his best friends soaking up the last moments of the western sun. Laramie, Wyoming

by csalo11 7

Scientists in Sagebrush

Pat Shaver (Natural Resources Conservation Service), Rick Miller (Oregon State University), and Al Winward (Rocky Mt. Research Station, USFS, retired) discuss vegetation dynamics on the sagebrush sea.

by BrantNybergPhotography 2

Adventure awaits

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

by madison 4

What's that sound?

My son watching elk, listening to them bugle, and wondering how they make that incredible sound... Estes Park, Colorado

by madison 4

My heart belongs to you

Sending love from Rollinsville, Colorado

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 Hoosiermuse 14

Inmates sow seeds for prairie restoration

Through the Sustainable Prisons Project in Washington State, inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center propagate plants for the prairies of South Puget Sound. Photo by Benjamin Drummond.

by penquite2 4


a burley pickup hauling a trailer and back dropped by a grand Great Plains thunderhead

by kalaina3 4
by mhargadon 8
by mhargadon 4
by amcinerny 24

Collaborative Planning for Recreation Opportunities on the Inyo National Forest

The Sherwins Working Group was an independent, community-based body of stakeholders that developed a preferred alternative for safe and environmentally responsible public access for the Sherwin Area located south of the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The group was comprised of approximately 30 community members who met numerous times in late 1009 to tackle this complex project; they represented a broad spectrum of recreation, business, and agency interests from the area. The process was professionally facilitated and was supported by the Inyo National Forest, Town of Mammoth Lakes, and the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation.

by joki 10

Indian parade in Kamiah,

Indian parade in town of Kamiah, 2002. Gorgeous feathers. Photo by John Dadabay

by utahchrisp 16

Mono Crater Epic Ski Day

Monster storm hit the Southern Sierra Nevadas, providing ideal conditions for skiing the Mono Craters. This shot was taken as we skinned back up for the last run of the day.

by marlab 4

A Nuzzle Between Friends

Blue Barney and myself

by marlab 19

What's in the Pocket?

Horses Sooner and Boo checking out my pockets.

by hdoliver 3

Dragging calves to the fire

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

by hdoliver 8

Cattle Drive

Cattle being moved 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 Alpine 1

Beautiful Day

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

by rangerbighorn 14

A Bevy of Custers

Local Custer impersonators at the 133rd anniversary of the Battle of Little Bighorn near Crow Agency, Montana. Ranger Michael Stops looks on in the background.

by RedOni 0

Coupla cowboys

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

by RedOni 4


Alien encountered in the Cadiz Dunes near Twentynine Palms, CA

by JustNCase 15

Be Right Back

Saddlestring, Wyoming

by BrantNybergPhotography 2

Homestead Windmill

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

by BrantNybergPhotography 11

For the director of music...

Thundersnow makes it's way west across the Wind River basin in west central Wyoming.

by jdr 14

USFS firefighters

A USFS fire crew still working after a long night on the fireline.

by jdr 14

The Cowboy

Bringing the cows home in Nevada.

by jdr 5

Fishing Buddies

Same place, same time, year after year.

by nribi 22

People and Their Dogs

People of the west love their dogs and their dogs love them. Here Kim Nalen and Maddy ski the Wood River Trails near Hailey, Idaho.

by nribi 29

Firefighters Occupy the Forests of the West Each Summer

For 100 years, firefighters have occupied the forests of the West. In 2007, nearly 1,600 worked for over three weeks to stop the Castle Rock Fire from burning the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho.

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 jasonandrick 6

Springtime on the Madison River

Two anglers giving the trout a rest while they take some time to enjoy the beauty of the Madison River near Varney Bridge (Ennis, MT), with Sphinx Mountain (Madison Range) in the background in May 2009.

by rangerbighorn 28

Where's Whistler?

A long winter in Saint Mary, Montana sometimes means snowmobiling with your best buds. And sometimes finding your best buds mean crossing that fine line between isolation and insanity.

by RedOni 6

Rope Tricks

Young cowhand at Cabot's Pueblo, Desert Hot Springs, June 2009. Photo by Joe Ross, 29 Palms, CA.

by Jeff Chen 6

Jack, the deliverer

A Delta County resident makin' deals for local produce.

by Jeff Chen 19

Bob can't get enough

Bob, a WW2 veteran, began packing mules with the Forest Service in his mid-70s. He stopped doing it full time after a few years. But now in his 80s, he still goes out on occasion with the mule trains.

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 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 alpinfoto 13

The Real Urban Cowboys . . .

Celebrating the history and heritage of sheepherders in the Wood River Valley . . . Trailing of the Sheep in downtown Ketchum, Idaho.

by alpinfoto 7

Field Study - Multi-use on the waters of the West

This photo represents the potential symbiosis of competing interests for our limited water resources in the west - agriculture and recreation can co-exist.

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 joki 6

Idaho vernacular art chandeliers at old Payette Lake Lodge

My neighbor Casey in the dining room of the Payette Lake Lodge before it was sold and the fabulous antler chandeliers removed to we know not where, 1996.

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!