Winners of 2018 Pagosa Springs Digital Photography Competition

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Chris Roebuck’s“Female Falcon and Food” tied for first place in the Nature category at the 2018 Pagosa Springs Digital Photography Competition. Winners were announced at an awards party on Sept. 12.[/caption]

By Gregg Heid

Special to The PREVIEW

At the Pagosa Springs Photography Club awards party on Sept. 12, winners of the 2018 Pagosa Springs Digital Photography Competition were announced.

The contest received entries from 21 Photography Club members in three categories: Landscape, People and Nature. In total, 117 photos were entered.

The images in each category were independently judged by two professional photographers on the basis of composition, impact and technical quality. Scores from both judges were added together to determine the top images. The contest was quite competitive, with several ties.

In the Nature category, winners were Chris Roebuck for “Female Falcon and Food” and Andy Butler for “Halloween Pennant” (tied for first). Third place in Nature was Roebuck for “The Wild Mustang.” Two images received honorable mention. These were by Kristine Rubish, for “Predator-Prey,” and Andy Butler, for “Pagosa Buck.”

Winners in the People category were Roebuck for “Shy Russian” and Fred Guthrie for “Lincoln Durham” (tied for first). Third place in the People category was awarded to Guthrie for “Riverboat Captain.” Receiving honorable mention were Bob Green for “Street of Flowers” and Liz Mockbee for “Mountain Photographer.”

Judging of the Landscape category resulted in a three-way tie for first place. The winning images were “Chimney Rock Milky Way” by Dave Minkel, “Mount Hitchcock” by Butler and “Courthouse Rock Sunset” by Butler. Honorable mention in the Landscape group was presented to Mockbee for “Kualoa Ranch” and Dave Minkel for “Yavapai Point.”

Roebuck’s photo “Shy Russian” was also selected as Grand Champion.

All of the winning photographs may be viewed on the Photography Club’s website at