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2015 Great Nevada Picture Hunt

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GRAND PRIZE

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Scott William Warner

As the grand prize winner in the 2015 Great Nevada Picture Hunt, photographer Scott William Warner has shown that dedication to getting the perfect shot pays off. “This ‘National Treasure’ shot was taken inside a Carson Valley barn during the spring,” Scott says. “I went to this location more than 10 times to get it right.” And as happens with some good things, Scott says this one has come to an end. “This scene no longer exists, as the Western relics have since been removed.”


 

BLACK & WHITE
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Lori Drew

Photographer Lori Drew named this shot “Waking Her Up,” which is an appropriate way to describe what steam locomotives undergo to get moving. Lori took this photo at the Nevada Northern Railway Museum in Ely.


 

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Joel White

Sometimes you don’t need a pricey DSLR to capture a great shot. While on a run with his wife and their Goldendoodle, Boone, photographer Joel White snapped this shot. “It was a foggy morning with a chill in the air and Boone’s hair began to freeze after our run,” Joel says. “Boone is a great dog and sat still long enough for me to snap a great picture.”


 

CITYSCAPE
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Tyler S. Leavitt

In April, Tyler S. Leavitt took this image of the High Roller in Las Vegas during a full lunar eclipse. “I researched the approximate height the moon would be at during maximum eclipse,” Tyler says. “I then drove around the east side of Las Vegas at 5 a.m. until I lined up this shot.”


 

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Tim Miley

“Capturing a photo of the Las Vegas Strip was on my bucket list,” photographer Tim Miley says while describing his shot. “I made my way up Paris’ Eiffel Tower observation deck to capture this image of the strip just after sunset.”


 

EVENT
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Tim Miley

Many times, exceptional photos are created when the photographer least expected to capture the moment. As was the case when photographer Tim Miley had packed up his camera and was leaving the Great Reno Balloon Race. “I turned around for one last look and saw this composition coming together,” Tim says.


 

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Sally Hanrahan

The subject matter at Burning Man is unlike any in the world, allowing for beauty to be captured in many different ways. “I shot this sunrise the morning before they burned the Embrace Sculpture,” says photographer Sally Hanrahan.


 

LANDSCAPE
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Jarrod Lopiccolo

Photographer Jarrod Lopiccolo’s photo taken in Washoe Valley captures a beautiful sight that many people drive by daily without giving a second thought to. “This structure stands there with a story to tell, but the cars continue to drive by at 70 miles per hour with another destination in mind,” Jarrod says. “The morning fog was pretty heavy and really accentuated the surreal valley and structure.”


 

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J.T. Dudrow

“After spending a rainy day huddled in our tent, the clouds parted and the clay badlands of Cathedral Gorge State Park came to life under the setting sun,” says J.T. Dudrow, when describing this stunning shot. “Thirty minutes later the clouds thickened and we found ourselves back in the tent. Thanks for the glimpse, Mother Nature!”


 

LONG EXPOSURE
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 J.T. Dudrow

Sometimes motion can ruin a photograph, and other times it can lend a very powerful element. Such is the case in this photograph taken by J.T. Dudrow in Las Vegas. “From the heavy traffic, the spin of the slipper, and the walking Beatles silhouette, everything and everyone was in motion,” says J.T.


 

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Tim Miley

Bonsai Rock in Lake Tahoe is a very popular photography subject, and for good reason. Photographer Tim Miley shares his spin on the picturesque scene. “The setting sun lit the evening sky in an array of vibrant tones,” Miley says. “The two-minute exposure smoothed the waves and skies, creating a serene, painterly photograph.”


 

MOBILE PHONE
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Flickr user: Stefanie

Cholla Cacti are common in the southern part of the state, and can make great subject matter. Photographer Stefanie captured this on her iPhone 6. Attempts to contact the photographer by press time were unsuccessful.


 

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Kimberly Carano

Cell phones can be a great way to capture the scenery when the moment is just right, and setting up a camera would cause you to miss the shot. Kimberly Carano snapped this sunset shot at Zephyr Cover in Lake Tahoe from the shore. “I didn’t have time to use my camera, so I grabbed my iPhone 4 and captured the image.”


 

NATURAL LIGHT
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Liz Huntington

Photographer Liz Huntington snapped this photograph in Virginia City during a cool autumn morning. Liz has dedicated the shot to her sister who passed away in June 2015. “This is for my sister, who encouraged me to keep my camera in hand and continue my photography!”


 

NATURAL LIGHT
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Mike Wetzel

As an honorable mention in the 2014 Great Nevada Picture Hunt, Mike Wetzel displayed his ability to capture starlight in fascinating ways. In this year’s hunt, Mike’s photo taken in Nelson again uses natural light to paint a picture. “The beautiful morning sun came through the window of the barn and cast its rays on these canning jars,” Mike says. The jars in turn illuminated the barn.”


 

PORTRAIT/PEOPLE
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Fred Howland

Self-portraits can come in many shapes and colors, and Fred Howland’s photograph of his hands displays the beauty that natural light can reveal. “The old Bible was brought to the U.S from Scotland by my grandfather,” Fred says.


 

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Tim Salaz

Photographer Tim Salaz says he focuses primarily on dance photography, which is what
lead him to this shot taken in Eldorado Canyon. “Because she was in motion, I had to catch her in what I call the ‘float moment’ of a jump, when they almost stay still for just a second without getting any motion blur on the subject,” Tim says.


 

RURAL TOWN
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Michael Black

There’s nothing quite like Fourth of July in a small town, which is exactly where Michael Black was when he snapped this shot at the Nevada Northern Railway Museum in Ely. “I got up at 5 a.m. and headed for the car repair shop, where I was hoping to catch the sunrise in the large bank of windows,” Michael says. “The cloudy morning sky created great color in the windows.”


 

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Craig Stevenson

“Saint Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church is a surprise in a small town and well worth the time when you visit Virginia City,” says photographer Craig Stevenson. “It took a little bit of work to even out the light.”


 

WILDLIFE
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Michael Horsley

Wildlife photography can be daunting, especially when your subject can dive at 80 miles per hour. While taking photos in Crystal Peak Park in Verdi in May, Michael Horsley captured one of nature’s many wonders. “I almost missed the shot, but the Osprey stopped dead in the water for a second or two, then took off again, giving me time to get the lens on it properly,” Michael says.


 

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Scott William Warner

“A split second decision to check out the trees along the river turned out to be a good one,” photographer Scott William Warner says about this shot taken along the Carson River. “I was also very fortunate to get the shot off since the pair stayed together like that for about two seconds!”

 


 

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