WTA's Photo Contest Showcase
It should come as no surprise that Washington is filled with beautiful places, many of which were captured in the more than 750 photos submitted to WTA's 2009 Northwest Exposure photo contest.
Thank you to everyone who entered and who shared with us your love of photography and Washington's wild places. The task of selecting winners is always a difficult one, but the result is that we get to share some amazing photos (and hiking locations) with all of you. Moreover, we are provided with more examples of the many extraordinary wild places and trails in Washington that we work to protect.
Grand Prize - Lupine covered in morning dew
This fascinating photo taken at Green Mountain is a good reminder to appreciate the smallest details of your time in the outdoors, not just the grand views.
Photo by Misao Okada
1st Place Wilderness Landscapes
A new take on classic beauty. Every time you hike a trail the landscape will be different. This a photo of Park Butte captures a unique perspective on this great hike.
Photo by Deborah Richardson
2nd Place Wilderness Landscapes
The Sahale Arm always provides hikers with amazing views and breathtaking scenery.
Photo by John D'Onofrio
1st Place Flora and Fauna
Photo by Michael Myers
2nd Place Flora and Fauna
Photo by Jason Hummel
1st Place Hikers in Action
Rattlesnake Ridge is a quick and easy escape for folks in the Seattle region. This trail can be done almost year round and offers great views.
Photo by Robb Mitchell
2nd Place Hikers in Action
Hiker's Reward. Often described as one of the best hikes at Mt. Rainier Spray Park offers bountiful wildflowers, views, wildlife and even a waterfall (don't leave out this short side trail to Spray Falls).
Photo by Andres Caldera
1st Place Young Photographers
Photo by Catherine Straume
2nd Place Young Photographers
The Enchantments is one of the most picturesque places in Washington. In addition to the phenomenal views, hikers often enjoy up close experiences with photogenic mountain goats.
Photo by Justin Collins
1st Place Offbeat
You never know what you are going to stumble upon out on trail. Perhaps the elusive Norwegain Snake? This one was seen near Rialto Beach.
Photo by Ken Donleycott
2nd Place Offbeat
Rattlesnake Mountain was actually named for the noise the seedpods make in the wind. You won't find any rattlers there, but you might see a playful garter snake.
Photo by Michael Myers
This young hiker is exploring Bumping Lake in the William O Douglas Wilderness. You can find more great hike suggestions on where to take young trail enthusiasts here.
Photo by Jeff Goulden
Thanks to our 2009 Northwest Exposure sponsors!