2011 Shooting Alpine Photo Contest

We are thrilled to announce the Winners of the 2011 Shooting Alpine Photo Contest! Click here to view the winning images, the finalists, and a complete gallery of all the fantastic entries.

The City of Alpine, Texas is proud to partner with the Shooting West Texas Photography Symposium to present the 2011 Shooting Alpine Photo Contest & Workshop. A free, informal panel discussion was held to introduce the event at Alpine’s Saddle Club on Thursday, September 15 at 4pm, prior to the official opening of the Symposium.

Free and open to the public, this contest was an opportunity for Shooting West Texas participants, local community members and visitors from near or far to showcase their photographic talent. Participants of Shooting West Texas were well-represented in the entries.

Photographers throughout the area were asked to capture the city of Alpine, Texas (and/or its immediate surroundings) in a personal, reflective way to reveal the personality of the town. The city itself has a rich history, a variety of architectural and natural landmarks and scenic views of all types and sizes. Through the photographer’s own lens and outlook, Alpine’s persona bloomed with high-quality, inspired and surprising imagery.

All entrants had the chance to win one of five cash prizes:

  • The H.L. Kokernot, Jr. Memorial Award – $500 plus an appearance in Texas Monthly magazine.
    (named in honor of the creator of the remarkable Kokernot Field, home of the Alpine Cowboys baseball team)
  • The Henry Charles Trost Memorial Award – $100
    (named in honor of the principal designer for Trost & Trost, architects of the historic Holland Hotel and many other signature buildings throughout the region)
  • The Twin Sisters Award – $50
  • The Hancock Hill Award – $50
  • The “A” Mountain Award – $50

The first round of judging was by our panelists. All judging was anonymous, with none of the judges having access to the names of any of the participating photographers. The Winners and Finalists are now featured in a new online gallery at visitalpinetx.com and will be recognized with a certificate of merit. Selected outstanding photos will be considered for publication in the region’s highly regarded Cenizo Journal.

Final judging and the awarding of prizes was done by the official State Photographer of Texas, Wyman Meinzer. After 28 years as a professional photographer, Meinzer has about 20 photography books to his credit and more than 250 magazine cover credits. His images have appeared in Smithsonion, National Geographic Books, Natural History, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Audubon, Sports Afield, Field and Stream, Outdoor life, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Highways, Korea GEO, German GEO, Das Tier, Airone, Horzu, BBC Wildlife, and many others.

Any questions may be directed to photos@visitalpinetx.com.

Contest Rules:

  • Entries will be accepted beginning September 15 and ending September 30, 2011 (The contest time period is when entries can be submitted. Photos can have been taken at any time). An online entry form and upload functionality will be available during the period of the contest. Winners will be announced before the end of November, 2011.
  • The Shooting Alpine Photo Contest is free and open to everyone. Only panelists and judges are ineligible.
  • Entry in the contest grants the City of Alpine license to use any entered photographs, with credit, for promotional purposes.
  • Photographs of the City of Alpine are preferred, but its immediate surroundings are also eligible subject matter for submitted photos. The “immediate surroundings” includes the valley and mountains around the town. Photographs of subjects outside the mountain ridges visible from Alpine may be disqualified.
  • Submitted photographs must be the work of the entrant and may be in color or black & white. Photo collages, composites, or photographs with text overlays will not be considered.
  • Entries should be in jpeg format. Recommended image size: 8 x 10” at 300ppi (2400 x 3000 pixels), or larger (NOTE: 8 x 10″ is not a required format; the images can be any shape). Minimum image size to enter: 8 x 10” at 72ppi (576 x 800 pixels). PLEASE NOTE: Photographs must be at least the recommended image size to be considered for the $100 or $500 prizes. Images below the recommended image size will be considered for recognition in the web gallery and for the $50 prizes.
  • Participants are limited to five (5) entries only. If more than five photographs are submitted, the first five will be entered into the contest, and the others discarded.
  • Contest photos in the online gallery are presented for fine art purposes. The City of Alpine may request model release forms if any photo with a recognizable likeness is considered to be used in promotional materials.
  • If the judges determine that no submitted photograph is of sufficient quality to award one or more of the advertised prizes, those prizes will not be awarded.
  • Any questions about the contest should be directed to photos@visitalpinetx.com.