“Inspiring Vistas” Photo Contest Winner: Classic Western North America

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

“Inspiring Vistas” really couldn’t be a more loaded theme for our summer photography contest, and the submissions were truly everything you would imagine. More than an Indonesian volcano, a view of  Hawaii from the air, or the longing of young cowboys at a rodeo, it is the colors of Canada’s Kananaskis country that inspire us the most. Congratulations to David Richeson and his shot, “FancyColor – Interlakes Kananaskis”, the winner of our “Inspiring Vistas” contest.

The photo’s caption echoes our sentiments when reviewing the entries: Crazy colors with a few drops of rain and a nice reflection = breathtaking. Does a picture ever really give you the same feeling as really living it?  I still get a warm feeling from this one.  I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time in, what Matt called, “Classic western North America,” and I have to say, it gives me the warm fuzzies too.

Well done, David. Please check out David’s photostream for more incredible shots, but to move that warm feeling into more of a mindblowing state, visit his visual design website showcasing his work in photography, animation and drawing. Mindblowing, I tell you.

For next month’s contest, we’re leaving the cities of the world and going country. Post your pictures of “Rural Life” in our Flickr group thread for your chance at a feature post on the greatest travel website in the history of the universe.

By Jon Wick


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Jon lives in Butte, Montana, spending most of his time on skis or bikes; sometimes both. He began travel writing while teaching in Korea and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Technical Communication at Montana Tech. Jon has begun writing his first book, The Story of Will, whose movie rights are still (very) available. Catch more of Jon at TheJonWickproject.wordpress.com. (@ExpedJon)

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