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January + February 2010 » Washington Trails


Northwest E x p o s u r e 2 0 0 9 W T A s s i x t h a n n u a l p h o t o c o n t e s t a w a r d w i n n e r s

The peaks couldn’t be more beautiful, all jagged and icy. The sky is intense, with deep purple clouds gathering on the horizon as an amber-orange-red sun sets behind the next ridge over. What’s that, a mountain goat and her kid just cresting the ridge?

Happily, your camera is ready around your neck and you snap away. Back home, however, none of the pictures have turned out as you’d hoped. What was an awe- inspiring mountain moment looks like any other day in the great outdoors.

GRAND PRIZE • NORTHWEST EXPOSURE 2009 Lupine covered with morning dew. Green Mountain Trail, Mount Baker- Snoqualmie National Forest. Misao Okada

Don’t worry. We’ve all been there. Shooting outdoors is not easy.

That’s what makes the following photographs so noteworthy. These photographers have captured stunning scenery in great light and in strong compositions. In this section, you will find all this year’s winning images, a few more of our favorite shots, plus some helpful tips that should improve your photographic results no matter what camera you carry in your pack. Enjoy!

Contest Specs

Hikers submit- ted 763 photos to WTA’s sixth annual photo contest. Our five official categories were Wlderness, Flora and Fauna, Hikers in Action, Young Photographers and Offbeat.

WTA staff mem- ber Kindra Ramos coordinated this contest. She was joined by Pam Roy, Don Geyer, Damien Murphy and Dave Schiefel- bein, who are all fabulous photog- raphers and gener- ous contributors to WTA, to judge the entries and bring you the best of the best.

Layout and design by Ann Rhodes of Rhodes-D-Signs Photography tips by Wade Trenbeath.

DESIGNER’S CHOICE Mount Rainier in the sunshine and wind. Mount Rainier National Park. Philip Westfall

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