2022 Contest Winners

Judges name WINNERS
of the 2022 Conservation in the West

Show us what to RESPECT and PROTECT


Judges Josh Raab, Andrea Wallace, and Steve Weaver announce the 1st-3rd place WINNERS

Earth Day, April 22, 2022.


Expert panel decision:

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Fraser Fire
Fraser, Colorado

Photo by Will Burdette, '22
Judge's comments:  Josh Raab
Fraser Fire is a fascinating document of what are unfortunately becoming increasingly catastrophic events across the west. Rarely do we see the smoke clouds and standard clouds intersect in such a delicate way. This forward-looking perspective is something we have seen little of in the past but will be seeing much more frequently in the future.

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A photo from the 2020 William's Fork fire near Fraser CO. The beautiful clouds are actually a huge bank of smoke. The photo captures the massive scale of more recent wildfires and reminds us we need to do more to preserve the environment.

by W. Burdette

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Red Rock Rainbow
Sedona, Arizona

Photo by Galileo Defandi Cho, '22
Judge's comments:  Steve Weaver
Red Rock Rainbow is an excellent well composed  landscape photograph with beautiful light capturing a rain storm with the beauty of a rainbow in the dry environment of the American Southwest. The photograph and the  accompanying  text points out the coming issues of water deficits brought on by  climate change resulting in diminishing precipitation to areas  in the Southwest. The question remains will there be enough precipitation from storms such as seen in this beautiful  photograph   to sustainably  maintain  water sources for  human populations in the arid Southwest.

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A rainbow splits the sky above Sedona, Arizona as a much-needed rain shower wets the red rock and earth below. Sedona is a prime example of a populous desert town with water usage that exceeds what can sustainably be provided. As the Southwest becomes drier due to climate change, towns like Sedona will have even less access to water than they currently do, forcing residents to either move, or let their water usage cause exponentially more harm to the desert environment. Water is quickly becoming among the most valuable resources worldwide, and the Southwest United States, including Sedona, will be one of the first places to suffer. 

by G. Defendi-Cho

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Rocks are Mountains, Mountains are Rocks
Garden of the Gods, Colorado

Photo by Sidney Derzon, '23

Judge's comments:  Andrea Wallace

Rocks are Mountains is a unique representation of the Western Landscape and references this history of photography with film and overlapping exposures. It suggests a more poetic read of the mountains focusing on light, form, and the passage of time.   

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by S. Derzon

Double exposure film creates intentional imagery, combining different views. It slows down the image, showing a passing of time. This image was developed to show the contrast of mountains and rocks, juxtaposing the differences, but reminding me how they are so intertwined. Pikes Peak becomes the rock from Garden of the Gods. They were all created and are slowly chipping away. 

People's Choice popular vote winner     Total Votes:  61/316

I Devito Pika  View all the entries here.

Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

Photo by Isabel DeVito, '24


1 s t   R u n n e r  U p       Total Votes:  41/316

Fraser Fire
Fraser, Colorado

Photo by Will Burdette, '22   

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2 n d   R u n n e r  U p         Total Votes:  34/316

This Land
Southwest, Colorado

Photo by Laura Hoy

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3 r d   R u n n e r  U p        Total Votes:  21/316

SW Montana

Photo by Anil Jergens, '23

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