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Photo contest winners

Your shutter finger must be exhausted. We asked you to capture the spirit of Nevada — and did you ever. From gorgeous landscapes to candid portraits of city life, we received more than 1,500 entries in our inaugural “Focus on Nevada” photo contest. Congratulations to the winners and finalists, whose work we showcase on the following pages. (And ... cast a “reader’s choice” vote for your favorite photo right from your smartphone.)

Of course, these are more than just amazing photos of Nevada. Better yet, they offer fresh and startling perspectives on our home that are eye-opening in the truest sense.

AMATEUR/STUDENT

  • Honorable Mention, Amateur/Student: Union Pacific rail car by Patrick Reilly
  • Honorable Mention, Amateur/Student: "Little Boxes" by Nick Portz
  • Honorable Mention, Amateur/Student: CityCenter by Mauricio Reyes
  • Honorable Mention, Amateur/Student: Balance by Anthony Vega
  • Second Place, Amateur/Student: "Excuse Me" by Allen Albano
  • First Place, Amateur/Student: Eureka by Chris Pflum
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Honorable mention, Amateur/Student

Patrick Reilly

Union Pacific rail car in Rhyolite

CAMERA: Canon 5D Mark II

LENS: Canon 24-70 mm

ISO: 640

shutter speed: 1/50

f-stop: 11

 

Honorable mention, Amateur/Student

Nick Portz

"Little Boxes"

CAMERA: Nikon D7000

LENS: AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm

ISO: 100

shutter speed: 1/100

f-stop: 13

 

Honorable mention, Amateur/Student

Mauricio Reyes

CityCenter

CAMERA: Sony NEX-5N

LENS: Sony E 18-55 mm

ISO: 100

shutter speed: 1/60

f-stop: 13

 

Honorable mention, Amateur/Student

chuck jones

Cleveland Clinic's Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

CAMERA: Pentax 67

LENS: 35 mm fisheye

ISO: 100

shutter speed: 1/60

f-stop: 11

 

Honorable mention, Amateur/Student

anthony vega

“I took this photo at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. From what I was told, the mind is at ease when hallways, windows and chairs are at an angle or have an arc. I stared at this chair for a long time, but never actually sat in it.”

CAMERA: Canon T4i

 

Second Place, Amateur/Student

Allen Albano

"Excuse Me"

CAMERA: Olympus OM-D EM-5

 

First Place, Amateur/Student

Chris Pflum

"I took this photo not far from the so-called 'loneliest road in the world' (US 50), which runs between Ely and Reno. It had just stopped raining, and I wanted to photograph the dramatic sky. When I saw this abandoned ranch house, I noticed that the sky and the house converged to the same vanishing point."

CAMERA: Nikon D2X

LENS: Nikon DX, 17-55 mm

ISO: 100

shutter speed: 1/90

f-stop: 13

 

SEMI-PROFESSIONAL

  • Honorable Mention, Semi-Professional: Echo Canyon by Dave Harrison
  • Honorable Mention, Semi-Professional: Gold Butte by Mark Andrews
  • Honorable Mention, Semi-Professional: Sunset by Jeremy Helal
  • Honorable Mention, Semi-Professional: Planes landing at McCarran International Airport by Wesley Vandinter
  • Honorable Mention, Semi-Professional: A snowy day at Red Rock by James Tanksley
  • Second Place, Semi-Professional: CityCenter by Susan Link
  • First Place, Semi-Professional: Bridge Mtn. II by Scott Warner
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Honorable Mention, Semi-Professional

Dave Harrison

"Echo Canyon is a bit north of Rachel, Nevada. When water collects and freezes, it presents a surprise in the otherwise dry landscape. This image was taken on a lonely and stormy morning."

CAMERA: Nikon D200

LENS: Nikon 18-200 mm

ISO: 200

shutter speed: 1/5

f-stop: 22

 

Honorable Mention, Semi-Professional

Mark Andrews

"Gently lit by a pocket-size light, this sandstone shaft in Gold Butte provides a frame for countless astral points of light. With a weather front sliding across the sky from the northwest, Orion's Belt and the planet Venus make brilliant focal points in the southern sky."

CAMERA: Canon 5D Mark II

LENS: Canon 14mm

ISO: 1250

shutter speed: 30 seconds

f-stop: 2.8

 

Honorable Mention, Semi-Professional

Jeremy Helal

"Late one afternoon, I was taking a hike near one of the many lesser-known paths near Red Rock. The sun started setting behind the mountains and illuminated the clouds into this beautiful color."

CAMERA: Canon 7D

LENS: Sigma 24 mm

ISO: 100

shutter speed: 1/500

f-stop: 2.8

 

Honorable Mention, Semi-Professional

Wesley VanDinter

Planes landing at McCarran International Airport

CAMERA: Sony A57

LENS: Sigma 10-20mm

ISO: 200

shutter speed: 8 seconds

f-stop: 6.3

 

Honorable Mention, Semi-Professional

James Tanksley

A snowy day at Red Rock

CAMERA: Canon 40D

LENS: Canon 24-105mm

ISO: 1000

shutter speed: 1/30

f-stop: 4.5

 

Second Place, Semi-Professional

Susan Link

"I took this photograph of CityCenter just after sunset from Panorama Towers. I love the coloring the reflection of the Rio Hotel adds to this image."

CAMERA: Canon 5D

LENS: Canon EF 28-135mm

ISO: 100

shutter speed: 5 seconds

f-stop: 8

 

First Place, Semi-Professional

Scott Warner

"This picture depicts inside the arch on the shoulder of Bridge Mountain in Red Rock Canyon near sunset."

CAMERA: Nikon D800

LENS: Nikkor wide angle 16-35 mm

ISO: 100

shutter speed: 1/50

f-stop: 11

 

SMARTPHONE/APP

  • Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App: Bellagio Fountains by Miguel Villegas
  • Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App: Sculpture by Miguel Villegas
  • Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App: Death Valley by Miguel Villegas
  • Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App: Pool by Ginger Bruner
  • Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App: Mt. Charleston by Kim Shah
  • Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App: Sculpture by Sarah Vernetti
  • Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App: "When the Sky Falls" by Tara Romasanta
  • Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App: Concert by Carey Christensen
  • Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App: "Fly" by Mark Gardberg
  • Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App: "Backyard at Dawn" by Carlos Montoya
  • Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App: Flower by Sarah Vernetti
  • Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App: Sculpture by Norah Strebel
  • Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App: Hoover tunnel by Aki Ishihara
  • Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App: Bridge by Julianne Griswold
  • First Place, Smartphone/App: Cabin by Bryan O'Keefe
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Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Miguel Villegas

Bellagio Fountains

(Nikon D90, Instagram)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Miguel Villegas

“I took this picture of the Henry Moore sculpture in the Aria courtyard from the Crystals tram station.”

(Nikon D90, Instagram)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Miguel Villegas

“Taken at Death Valley National Park. I saw this young boy exploring out in the distance and centered him in my frame and took a picture.”

(Nikon D90, Instagram)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Ginger Bruner

“I have a long-standing series featuring a friend's backyard pool shot in different light at different times of year, a la Monet.” (iPhone 4)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Kim Shah

“Shortly after moving to the Las Vegas area, we took a drive to Mount Charleston, and were completely taken aback by its beauty."
(iPhone 4)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Sarah Vernetti
“I can't leave Springs Preserve without taking a few photos of this unique sculpture outside the Origen Museum.” (iPhone 4, Instagram)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Tara Romasanta

“When the Sky Falls” (iPhone 4, Camera+)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Carey Christensen

The Killers perform in November 2012 at a concert in Provo, Utah (iPhone 4S)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Mark Gardberg

“My 6-year-old daughter Zoey saw this ride at a Halloween pumpkin patch in a Vegas suburb. I thought she’d be scared, but she was all smiles as she soared like Icarus!” (iPhone 5)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Carlos Montoya

“Backyard at dawn. This is a great way to wake up and have your coffee. What a view.” (iPhone)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Sarah Vernetti
“This beautiful purple flower bloomed in my own backyard.” (iPhone 4, Instagram)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Norah Strebel

Sculpture at the Red Rock National Conservation Area Visitors Center (iPhone 3, Instagram)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Aki Ishihara

Inside Hoover Dam (iPhone 5, Snapseed)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Julianne Griswold

“While visiting my best friend in Las Vegas, we completed the Gold Strike Hot Springs trail located a few miles out of the city. This photo depicts the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge as it traverses the Hoover Dam. (Also depicted is a pair of Mallard ducks who ended up swimming near my feet, hoping I would treat them to some of my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.)” (iPhone 4, Instagram)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Mark Gardberg

“My 6-year-old daughter Zoey saw this ride at a Halloween pumpkin patch in a Vegas suburb. I thought she’d be scared, but she was all smiles as she soared like Icarus!” (iPhone 5)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Carlos Montoya

“Backyard at dawn. This is a great way to wake up and have your coffee. What a view.” (iPhone)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Sarah Vernetti
“This beautiful purple flower bloomed in my own backyard.” (iPhone 4, Instagram)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Norah Strebel

Sculpture at the Red Rock National Conservation Area Visitors Center (iPhone 3, Instagram)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Aki Ishihara

Inside Hoover Dam (iPhone 5, Snapseed)

 

Honorable Mention, Smartphone/App

Julianne Griswold

“While visiting my best friend in Las Vegas, we completed the Gold Strike Hot Springs trail located a few miles out of the city. This photo depicts the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge as it traverses the Hoover Dam. (Also depicted is a pair of Mallard ducks who ended up swimming near my feet, hoping I would treat them to some of my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.)” (iPhone 4, Instagram)

 

First Place, Smartphone/App

Bryan O'Keefe 15

"I captured this on a nice mid-winter hike to the Hidden Forest cabin in the Sheep Mountains just north of Las Vegas."

 

PROFESSIONAL

 

 

  • Honorable Mention, Professional: A reflective moment by David Kondo
  • Honorable Mention, Professional: Cowboys at a charreada by Antonio Gomez
  • Honorable Mention, Professional: The Thunderbirds at Nellis AFB by Fernando Coyote
  • Honorable Mention, Professional: Canyoneering in Keyhole Canyon in the El Dorado Mountains by Alan Goya
  • Second Place, Professional: City Hall at Night by Lucky Wenzel
  • First Place, Professional: The "watering hole" in Ely by Greg Anderson
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Honorable Mention, Professional

David Kondo

A reflective moment

CAMERA: Nikon Coolpix S80
Settings: Auto 

 

Honorable Mention, Professional

Antonio Gomez

Cowboys at a charreada (Mexican rodeo) in Las Vegas.

CAMERA: Canon 1D Mark III

LENS: 16-35 mm

ISO: 100

shutter speed: 1/125

f-stop: 6.7

 

Honorable Mention, Professional

Fernando Coyote

The Thunderbirds at Nellis Air Force Base

CAMERA: Sony A55

LENS: Sony 18-55mm

ISO: 100

shutter speed: 1/1600

f-stop: 4.5

 

Honorable Mention, Professional

Alan Goya

Canyoneering in Keyhole Canyon in the El Dorado Mountains

CAMERA: Nikon D300

LENS: AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5 mm

ISO: 200

shutter speed: 1/400

f-stop: 10

 

Second Place, Professional

Lucky Wenzel

City Hall at night

CAMERA: Canon 5D

LENS: 50mm

ISO: 3200

shutter speed: 1/100

f-stop: 1.8

 

First Place, Professional

Greg Anderson

The "watering hole" in Ely

CAMERA: Canon 1DS Mark III

LENS: Canon 24-70 mm

ISO: 320

shutter speed: 1/60

f-stop: 7.1

 

PUBLISHER'S CHOICE
McCarran International Airport

David Reisman

"This long exposure of McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip was taken from the top level of the parking structure at the airport. The long traffic light trails have been transformed into beautiful ribbons of color by applying what is called the 'tri-color' effect in Photoshop. Before the days of digital editing, the same effect would be done by using red, blue and green filters while shooting."

 

CAMERA: Canon 7D

LENS: Canon 15 mm fisheye

ISO: 100

shutter speed: 30 seconds

f-stop: 16


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