Seven winning photos and eight honorable mentions were recently selected in the 2010 North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest, with the works of Roxanne Westman of Mapleton among the winners, receiving honorable mention in the scenery category for "Badlands" and winner in the event category for "Nightshot RRVF."
Others recognized included: scenery category, winner, "Complementary Colors" by Eric Jacobson, Grand Forks, honorable mention: "Foggy on the Red," by Duane Strand, Wahpeton; wildlife category, winner "Pelican" by Andra Marquart, Mandan, and honorable mention, "North Dakota Traffic Jam" by Katherine Plessner, Verona; event category, honorable mention, "Native American Dancer" by Meredith Jo Ehli, Bismarck; best of show photographer: by Jessie Veeder Scofield, Watford City, winning photograph, "Maah Daah Hey;" people category, winner: "Maah Daah Hey" by Jessie Veeder Scofield, Watford City, honorable mention: "Relaxing on the 4th of July" by Katie Moore Aitchison, Bismarck; attraction category, winner, "Yum!" by Isla Michelle, honorable mention: "Buffalo Town" by Duane Strand, Wahpeton; adventure category, winner: "Kyle D." by Ashley Welsh, Minot, honorable mention: "Successful Hunt" by Katherine Plessner, Verona, honorable mention: "Passion for Motocross" by Dana Krumwiede, Jamestown.
Winning photographers will receive a $200 cash prize for each winning photo and have their work featured in North Dakota Tourism's marketing materials, along with even greater exposure through contest partner AAA. A Best of Show photo was selected from the winning photographs, and the photographer will receive an additional $300 cash prize and a free, one-year basic membership to AAA. Honorable mention winners will receive North Dakota merchandise and may also have their images featured in tourism marketing materials.
Jesse Veeder Scofield, Watford City, was deemed the Best of Show winner for the photo titled Maah Daah Hey.
All winners were chosen from more than 850 photo entries in the contest, which kicked off in May.
"North Dakota's talented amateur photographers have once again done an outstanding job capturing North Dakota's beauty and diverse tourism offerings," said Gov. John Hoeven. "This contest is a great way to showcase the wonderful things to see and do in North Dakota, in addition to featuring the talents of our citizens."
New this year was the ability to submit photos online through image and video hosting site, Flickr. North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman said this helped increase the number of entries.
"More than 550 photos were submitted via Flickr for this year's contest," Otte Coleman said. "Combined with 275 physical entries, this is a sizeable increase from the 700 entries we received last year, and we're very pleased with the turnout."
Photos were judged on originality, subject matter, visual appeal, and ability to portray North Dakota as a legendary travel destination in the categories of events, attractions, people, scenery, wildlife, outdoor adventure, and culture and heritage.
The contest is held annually and is open to any North Dakota amateur photographer. Next year's contest will begin in May 2011. North Dakota Tourism also expects to host monthly theme contests on its Flickr group at http://www.flickr.com/groups/northdakota/.
Winning photos can be seen at the North Dakota Tourism website at NDtourism.com.