The photograph visible above, entitled At Rest, took first place honors at the 20th Annual Fall American Photography Competition and Exhibition, staged during the fall by the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso, N.M. Mary Lee Pinkerton of El Paso, Texas, was the photographer. The exhibition, which has been on display since October, will remain on view until Feb. 12, 2012.
The Hubbard announced its winners during an opening attended by more than 100 guests. Photographers from across the country submitted more than 280 photographs to this year’s (2011’s) competition, all of them related to the exhibition theme of the “American West,” including images of ranching, rodeos, people of the West, landscapes, and more. Cash awards totaling $3,800 have been divided among the top 12 photographers. This year’s judges were impressed by the variety of subjects and styles of photography submitted, from subtle black-and-white portraits to rich, colorful landscapes.
2011 Fall American Award Winning Photographs and Photographers
1st Place Award – At Rest by Mary Lee Pinkerton – El Paso, Texas
2nd Place Award – Navajo Maiden by Kim Ashley – Albuquerque, NM
2nd Place Award – Harvey House Girl’s Residence by Steven A. Jackson – Santa Fe
3rd Place Award – Morning Moon by Stephanie Morgan – Alto, NM
3rd Place Award – Behind Wings Softly by Victoria Stamm – Santa Fe, NM
3rd Place Award – Welcome by Linda Laitner – Rio Rancho, NM
Honorable Mention – American Cowgirl by Melissa Durham of Houston, Texas
Honorable Mention – Dusty Sun by David Tremblay – Alto, NM
Honorable Mention – Blue Swallow Limo by Harold Hall – Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Honorable Mention – Sunset, June 9th, 2011 – Las Conchas Fire by Mary Anna Keshen – Santa Fe, NM
Honorable Mention – Previously Peddled by Linda Laitner – Rio Rancho, NM
Honorable Mention – Cowgirl by Robert B. McDougall – Steamboat Springs, CO
Robert MacDougall’s Cowgirl was another honorable mention.