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GARNA Annual Photo Contest

Welcome to GARNA's 8th annual photo contest! Through this fundraiser, GARNA celebrates extraordinary images that capture the Upper Arkansas River Valley's magnificent, inspiring, and fluid natural beauty.

We so appreciate your participation since each entry and each vote is a donation to charity, as GARNA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization! Click here to become a GARNA member.

2022 GARNA Photo Contest Categories:
  • Water – Images that convey the water and watershed that GARNA works so hard to protect.
  • Wildlife – Images of wild creatures and their habitat that GARNA has worked to conserve since 1996.
  • Pollinators - Images of our ever-important pollinators: birds, bats, butterflies and bees! 
  • Color – Wildflowers, fall trees, winter contrasts and more that inspire GARNA's education, stewardship and sustainability efforts.
  • Sky – Capture everything from Stratus to Cumulus, white and fluffy or pink and moody, stars and more!
  • Chaffee Critical Scenic Views - Help protect the views that you love in Chaffee County, Colorado. Help the Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board collect photos of critical scenic viewsheds throughout the county and to advise management planning for the Heritage Area and county land use planning.  There is no cost to submit these photos, but each photo must be submitted with latitude and longitude coordinates, a kmz file of the location, or a shared pin dropped on a map, along with a note about the direction faced by the photographer.
This year also features youth specific entry options for each category for those under 18 years old.

Prizes
  • A professional panel of judges will pick top photos to be featured in the 2023 GARNA calendar, photo notecard collections and more
  • Everyone who submits a photo(s) will receive discounts on photo products ordered through GARNA's shopping cart.


Leaderboard

1st
The Western Lights
506 Votes
2nd
Gold on Crystal
250 Votes
3rd
Summer Gather
115 Votes
4th
Peaceful Path
65 Votes
5th
Bee on yellow bloom
40 Votes
6th
Earth Meets Sky
30 Votes
7th
Dorcas Copper sipping nectar on a late summer morning
26 Votes
8th
Arcs Over the Ark
25 Votes
9th
Bird & the bee
25 Votes
10th
FALL ON THE LITTLE ARKANSAS
20 Votes
11th
Pronghorn Security
20 Votes
12th
Sunset at Orient Mine Bat Cave
20 Votes
13th
Western Tanager
20 Votes
14th
Winter Splendor
20 Votes

Water

1st
Peaceful Path
65 Votes
2nd
Arcs Over the Ark
25 Votes
3rd
Summer on the Ark
15 Votes
4th
Morning Mist on Kroenke Lake
15 Votes
5th
Chalk Creek Canyon
10 Votes
6th
A River Runs Through It
10 Votes
7th
Streamside Fall
10 Votes
8th
Three Elk Creek
5 Votes
9th
Clear Creek Clarity
0 Votes
10th
Timeless River Vista
0 Votes
11th
Sunflower Reflections
0 Votes
12th
High Country Lake (courtesy of beavers)
0 Votes

Wildlife

1st
Pronghorn Security
20 Votes
2nd
Western Tanager
20 Votes
3rd
Curious Visitor
10 Votes
4th
Brunch time
10 Votes
5th
owl with mice and sibling
10 Votes
6th
Alpine Camouflage
0 Votes
7th
LOST LAKE MOUNTAIN GOATS
0 Votes
8th
Parent owl with young
0 Votes
9th
Parent owl with sibling
0 Votes
10th
Parent owl explaining how to hunt
0 Votes
11th
Owl beginning flight!
0 Votes
12th
Immature owl taking flight
0 Votes
13th
Owl children, brothers, sisters, or one of each-who knows?
0 Votes
14th
Tagged black bear looking for food in all the wrong places
0 Votes

Color

1st
Gold on Crystal
250 Votes
2nd
FALL ON THE LITTLE ARKANSAS
20 Votes
3rd
Summer's Passage
20 Votes
4th
Once Upon a Time - Colorado Lime Co.
15 Votes
5th
Aspen Ridge
15 Votes
6th
High Flower Garden
10 Votes
7th
Shavano morning
10 Votes
8th
Green Days
0 Votes
9th
Mountain of Color
0 Votes
10th
SALIDA SUNSET
0 Votes
11th
Early light before the storm
0 Votes
12th
A River of Autumn Glory
0 Votes
13th
Fall Colors at Lily Ponds
0 Votes

Pollinators

1st
Bee on yellow bloom
40 Votes
2nd
Dorcas Copper sipping nectar on a late summer morning
26 Votes
3rd
Bird & the bee
25 Votes
4th
SWALLOWTAIL
10 Votes
5th
Frigid Bumblebee
0 Votes
6th
Brunch in the forest
0 Votes
7th
Bee on flower
0 Votes
8th
Butterfly moth on flower
0 Votes
9th
hummingbird
0 Votes
10th
Orange Belted Bee
0 Votes
11th
Milkweed and Monarch
0 Votes
12th
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
0 Votes

Sky

1st
The Western Lights
506 Votes
2nd
Summer Gather
115 Votes
3rd
Earth Meets Sky
30 Votes
4th
Sunset at Orient Mine Bat Cave
20 Votes
5th
Winter Splendor
20 Votes
6th
Evening Storm Over the Collegiate Peaks
15 Votes
7th
SUNSET OVER THE COLLEGIATES
10 Votes
8th
Dark Sky Awe
10 Votes
9th
Morning Sky
10 Votes
10th
Skyline
5 Votes
11th
Zenith
0 Votes
12th
Endless Colorado Sky
0 Votes
13th
Old Man Winter Blows In
0 Votes
14th
Sunset over Shavano
0 Votes

Critical Viewsheds

1st
Mt. Princeton View
5 Votes
2nd
Arkansas Sunset
5 Votes
3rd
Historic Maxwell Park Schoolhouse
5 Votes
4th
Historic Twin Lakes Townsite
5 Votes
5th
West of Monarch ridge
0 Votes
6th
Dawn Over the Collegiate Range
0 Votes
7th
Late Winter in the Arkansas Valley
0 Votes
8th
River to Ridge
0 Votes
9th
Ranchland and 14ers
0 Votes
10th
Mountain Pass Mist
0 Votes
11th
Wide Open Spaces
0 Votes
12th
Up and Away in the Arkansas Valley
0 Votes
13th
Autumn Aspen Rainbow
0 Votes
14th
Splash of Gold
0 Votes

Youth 18 and under - Water


Youth 18 and under - Wildlife


Youth 18 and under - Color


Youth 18 and under - Pollinators


Youth 18 and under - Sky



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