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Submission Criteria: 

Snap a photo of you, your friends, your family, or your pets outside enjoying the outdoors in the San Luis Valley during earth week (April 22 - May 1). Include a caption with the photo. Be creative!

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First Place

Photographer: Esther Mendoza 

Location: Big Meadows Resevoir 

Caption: A playful day at the falls


Second Place

Photographer: Kevin Rogers

Location: Trujillo Meadows Reservoir

Caption: Lake Therapy

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Third Place 

Photographer: Charina Robison

Location: Hooper, CO

Caption: No wind, let's go horse back-riding. 


Honorary Mention

We chose the winning photos based on our specific criteria.  The quality of the photo was important but it had to fit within the criteria guidelines. We really wanted to capture human dynamics within the landscape, and the photo had to be taken during Earth Week of 2022. These photos were excellent, but were not taken during earth week. Thank you so much to everyone who participated! 

Photographer's name: Sam Smartt 

Santa Maria in Creede, CO

September 5th, 2020

Caption: This view wouldn't have meant much without you.

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Caption: Earth, Sky and Water. San Luis Valley style. 

Photographer: Roy Oliver

Location: Oliver Ranch near Alamosa

Date taken: April 22, 2020

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Photographer:  Emma Rogers

Location:  Zapata Falls

Date Taken: November 26, 2021 

Caption: The beauty between states of matter.


Photographer: Christe Bode 

Location: Natural Arch Del Norte, CO

Date: 10.20.2020

Happy Earth Day


Photographer: Aaron Abeyta 

Wild Horses

Location: Near Antonito, CO


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Photographer Name & Age: Taylor Hogan, 23


Location of Photo: Sangre De Cristo Winderness -- Willow Lake Trail


Date Photo was Taken: 04/24/2022


Caption: Sometimes we just have to step back and admire all that Mother Nature has to offer ლ


Seth Armentrout

August 17, 2021

Rio Grande River above Rio Grande Reservoir


Peas from Alamosa’s Rio Grande Farm Park make their way upstream for a sunset snack.

Photographer’s Name: Jason Abachiche 

Age: 46

Location of Photo: Elephant Rocks outside of Del Norte

Date of Photo: July 30, 2020

Caption: “Modern Native”

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Walking on water and wishing at waterfalls’. 

Katie Dokson - Photo

Willow Lake - 11,580 ft -access through Willow Lake Trailhead in Crestone. 

Summer 2020

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