Winners of the HCN reader photography contest

Readers’ and editors picks in people, landscape and wildlife.

  • Steph enjoys a hot springs soak in Monroe, Utah. | People 1st

    Ben Johnson
  • Rock climber, Jessica Baker, tackles a tough line on Corbet's Couloir as the Jackson Hole tram passes by. | People 2nd

    Beau Johnston
  • Two old friends meet joyously in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. | People 3rd

    Nina Cooper
  • Martin’s crew, commercial wild mushroom pickers, load up the day’s pick: about 90 pounds of wild morels each, in Tok, Alaska. | People Editors' Choice

    Olivier Matthon
  • July 4th near Paonia, Colorado. | Landscape 1st

    Kevin Dirk
  • Camping under the stars in Grand Teton National Park's Gros Ventre Campground in Wyoming. | Landscape 2nd

    Beau Johnston
  • The sun rises on a small farmstead outside Walla Walla, Washington. | Landscape 3rd

    Maeve Anderson
  • Human Nature, a conceptual project that portrays man’s attempt to become one with the landscape. Tucson, Arizona. | Landscape Editors' Choice

    Matthew Fulton
  • A rufous hummingbird guards his territory on a damp spring morning in Douglas County, Colorado. | Wildlife 1st

    Mike Mullinnix
  • A greater short-horned lizard blends in at Elden Pueblo in Flagstaff, Arizona. | Wildlife 2nd (tied)

    T. M. Williams
  • A Western Bluebird brings home grasshopper "bacon" in Franktown, Colorado. | Wildlife 2nd (tied)

    Mike Mullinnix
  • A bald eagle gnaws salmon along the Chilkat River near Haines, Alaska, where warm glacial melt filters through an alluvial fan, giving the river one of the state’s latest salmon runs each year. | Wildlife Editors' Choice

    Stephen Fischer


This summer, we asked you, readers, to send in your best photographs of Western wildlife, people and places. You delivered, with 567 entries. Here, we present the editors’ top three choices, along with the three winners in each category from online voting. Browse the remaining entries here.