The votes are in and a stellar crop of amateur photographers have emerged as winners in the 2013 Wallowa County Digital Photo Contest.

The sixth annual contest drew images from all over the world, though most were rooted in Wallowa County’s scenic beauty and lifestyle. In all, 338 entries were submitted for the contest this year, 285 by adults and 53 by students. Last year there were 312 entries.

The Wallowa Valley Photo Club supplies the judges and prize money, while co-sponsor Wallowa County Chieftain supplies publicity and online hosting for the contest entries.

A gallery of winners can be seen on the Chieftain website,

There were basically four categories of winners, both Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice in adult and student divisions, with 1st place entries receiving $40, 2nd place $20 and 3rd place, $10; there were also honorable mention winners who receive only recognition. In case of ties, each winner received the same prize.

“The photography that was submitted this year was a real pleasure to judge – there were many, many very good photos,” said David Bridges, the photo club’s contest chairman. “On behalf of the photo club, thanks to all who participated,” Bridges said.

While the Chieftain will not be able to publish all prize-winning photos this week, it will print some in the future under a “Winners’ Circle” heading.

The judges’ panel had a difficult time deciding its top photos this year – for example, there was a four-way tie for first place in the adult division, including two photos by the same photographer, Adam Sims of Pendleton. Online voting drew 609 votes for People’s Choice prizes.

Following are 2013 Photo Contest results:


Adult: 1st (tie) – “D-Day Re-Enactment,” Andrea Schaefer, Enterprise; “Yosemite Valley Reflection,” Kristi Wade, Lostine; “Lightning Strike” and “Palouse Falls,” both by Adam Sims, Pendleton. 2nd (tie) – “On the Hunt,” Mark Moncrief, Enterprise; “Daddy’s Hands,” Charity Ketscher, Joseph. 3rd (tie), “Morning on Elk Lake,” Don Siebel, Beaverton; and “Crystal Mountain” and “Hoodoos,” both by Eric Stahlke, Enterprise. Honorable Mention – “Don’t Blink,” Mark Moncrief; “Mattie at Dawn,” Sarah Anderson; “November Stars over Lostine,” Darci Calhoun, Lostine; “Just a Moment,” Ashley Graning, Wallowa; and “Ghent Heron,” Eric Stahlke.

Student: 1st – “The Mist,” Amy Edison, Enterprise. 2nd (tie) – “Confidence is Key,” Brooke Meyer of Joseph; “Black and White,” Bailey Wearin, Joseph; and “Backyard Bear,” Anna Moholt, Lostine. 3rd (tie) – “Land of the Lost,” Andrea Butterfield, Joseph; “Image 5,” Jesse Woodhead, Joseph, and “Better Days,” Bailey Wearin. Honorable Mention – “Laguna,” Claire Wellens, Wallowa; “Mirror, Mirror,” Andrea Butterfield; “Misty Pup,” Sarah Evarts, Enterprise; and “Image 1,” Jesse Woodhead.


Adult: 1st – “Just a Moment,” Ashley Graning, Wallowa. 2nd – “A Girl and Her Horse,” Sarah Anderson, The Dalles. 3rd – “Hawaiian Sunset,” Casey Tuschhoff, Clarkston, Wash. Honorable Mention: “Santa Baby,” Alyse Shetler, Joseph; “Zumwalt’s Midway Station Settles into Winter,” Ken Mead, Albany.

Student: 1st – “Backyard Bear,” Anna Moholt. 2nd (tie) – “Misty Pup,” Sarah Evarts, Joseph. 3rd – “Heaven’s Gate,” Caitlin Strutz, Joseph.


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