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2008 Northwest Exposure Contest Winners

WTA's annual photo contest showcases wild country

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More than 800 photos were submitted to WTA’s 2008 photo contest. Guess a few people like hiking and taking pictures in Washington’s wild country!

This stunning assortment of winning photos demonstrates that our state’s trails take us to some of the most magical places in the world. More than ever we need to preserve and protect access to those places.

How can you do that? Write an e-mail to your elected officials. Volunteer for a WTA trail work party. Give a donation to WTA. These iconic Northwest landscapes deserve your support and attention.

To view a higher-resolution image, click on the thumbnails below.

To find out how to hike to the locations pictured, click on the link "hike there."

Want to improve your chances of winning this year? Read these tips on how to take better outdoor photographs.

Prizes provided by LowePro. Frames and matting donated by Dennis Daniels Frames and Gallery Frames. Prints donated by Imagekind. Special thanks to National Parks Conservation Association for hosting.

Grand Prize 09

Black-tailed deer fawns at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

Grand Prize
Mary Campbell
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Sunrise in the Enchantments,
Alpine Lakes Wilderness

First Prize, Wilderness Landscapes
Jonathan Brenner
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Landscape Second Prize 09

Light penatrating the gloom, Tank Lake,
Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Second Prize, Wilderness Landscapes
Kevin Steffa
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Landscape Third 09Palette of colors, Rachel Lake,
Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Third Prize, Wilderness Landscapes
Brett Walton
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Flora First 09A crab’s habitat, Sand Point, Olympic National Park

First Prize, Flora & Fauna
David Hogan
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Flora Second 09Eagle taking off from Puget Sound

Second Prize, Flora & Fauna
Karacan Salkuci
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Flora Third 09Brilliant aster, Lily Basin

Third Prize, Flora & Fauna
Carol Fromhart
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Hikers First 09Breaking the surface of Lake Ingalls

First Prize, Hikers in Action
Ken Smith
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Hikers Second 09Sunset on Yellow Aster Butte Trail

Second Prize, Hikers in Action
Tyler Mitchell
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Hikers Third 09High tide, Olympic National Park

Third Prize, Hikers in Action
Kevin McNeal
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Offbeat First 09Buoy bowling at Point of the Arches, Olympic National Park

First Prize, Offbeat Outdoors
Chris Feet
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Offbeat Second 09“You’re in a heap of trouble son... do you know how fast you were hiking?” 

Second Prize, Offbeat Outdoors
Philip Fenner
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Offbeat Third 09Initiation to the group, Little Si Trail

Third Prize, Offbeat Outdoors
Anne Morrison
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Youth First 09

Dragontail Peak reflected from Aasgard Pass

First Prize, Youth
Eli Mauksch
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Youth Second 09

Summer in the Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Second Prize, Youth
Leah Werkhoven
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Youth Third 09Fawn on the beach, Cape Alava, Olympic National Park

Third Prize, Youth
Evan Ponto
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Honorable Mention Ashlock 09

Mount Stuart under snow, Alpine Lakes Wilderness 

Honorable Mention
Susan Ashlock
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Honrable Mention McNeal 09

Lupines at Sunrise, Mount Rainier National Park

Honorable Mention
Kevin McNeal
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