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2018 Welcome To Ridgway – Think Outside Photo Contest Winners

Welcome to Ridgway Photo Contest
 The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce selected photos by Ridgway residents Alyssa Austin and John Wood as winners of the 2018 "Welcome to Ridgway – Think Outside" Photo Contest. View from Mt. Sneffels Couloir by Austin and Old Truck in Field by Wood were selected to promote Ridgway’s outdoor adventure and heritage tourism opportunities on the chamber’s social media. Each winner received $100.

The contest was held at the end of April to help promote Ridgway as a destination during National Travel and Tourism Week. The winning photos were submitted to the Colorado Tourism Office as part of a promotional campaign where photos with welcome messages from around the state were posted on various online channels targeting international tourism professionals.

“I've been in Ridgway for over five years, and it's my absolute favorite place on this earth. This is a truly special place and I find so much joy in exploring all that this area has to offer. We put in hundreds of miles on the trails each year and it affords us ample opportunities to see mind-blowing places right here in our backyard,” said Austin. “I don't really consider myself a photographer but I have a great love for taking photos and sharing them with others. I started with a camera at 8 years old but living in southwest Colorado is where my hobby became a passion.”

Wood said, “I am a recently retired commercial advertising photographer and digital retoucher where I specialized in food and beverage. I do a lot of jeeping and love to take scenic and wildlife images while out on the trails. Since moving to Ridgway last year, I have found an abundance of animals and beauty in the mountain ranges everywhere I look.”

Three photos were also picked for honorable mention recognition: Floating above Ridgway by Lisa Kral (image 7117); Cimarron Alpenglow by Jeremy Riehle; Enchanted Mesa Trail by Bonnie Tasch. The winning photos and many contest submissions will also be appearing on the chamber’s website, Facebook (@RidgwayColorado) and Instagram (#ridgwaycolorado) and possibly in the 2019 Visitors Guide.

2018Welcome To Ridgway Think Outside Photo

2018WRTO Contest Lisa Kral Floating Above Ridgway

2018WRTO Contest Riehle Cimarron Alpenglow

2018WRTO Contest Tasch Enchanted Mesa Trail

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