Paul Richardson - Capturing a Masterpiece (2022 People Category Winner)
PLACES & NATURE CATEGORY
1st Place RHONDA ROYSE Catalina Sunset Catalina State Park
2nd Place RHONDA ROYSE Catalina at Night Catalina State Park
3rd Place BRIAN MCELWAIN Monsoon Sunset Naranja Park
HONORABLE MENTION MARY BETH LIVINGSTON Sunset Sky Honey Bee Canyon Park The sunset and lighting were spectacular this beautiful November evening.
HONORABLE MENTION SIMON GERBER Sunset and the Saguaro Catalina State Park I went to Catalina State Park to get some photos of the sunset and ended up with this beautiful sunset photo with the saguaro cacti.
HONORABLE MENTION DIANNE SLOTTEN Mystical Morning Honey Bee Canyon - North Ridge As Oro Valley residents awoke this early March morning, we were enchanted by an extraordinary vison. Seldom do we have the fortuity to behold our beautiful valley transformed into an ethereal winter wonderland. Under a big blue sky, soft rays of sunlight lit the craggy rocks and prickly cacti on snowy hillsides. From the Catalina Mountains, shrouded in a puffy white cloud cover, to the reaches of this high ridge in Honey Bee Canyon, the landscape was sprinkled in glistening fairy dust. This morning was truly magical.
HONORABLE MENTION DIANNE SLOTTEN Out to Pasture Big Wash In the midst of our carefully planned communities and subdivisions we can still find peaceful places to enjoy our breathtaking natural landscapes. Here, I ponder the past of this prairie, imagining life in the days of rugged ranchers who tended livestock in Big Wash. Not so long ago you could see free range cattle grazing on this plain, vestiges of Oro Valley's rich ranching history. This humble corral is a tribute to the pioneer spirit of those who once settled here. And now, it is a bucolic pasture where today's "homesteaders" can find diversion from their busy lives.
HONORABLE MENTION STEVE PRULL Sunset Storm Over Catalina Mountains Deer Hollow Loop The Catalina Mountains have their own weather. Monsoon Clouds at sunset can offer rich and contrasting colors that last just moments.
ANIMALS & WILDLIFE CATEGORY
1st Place PEGGY STEFFENS That Windblown Look Rams Canyon Trail I like to photograph birds in Rams Canyon at the golden hour and this night was breezy as I captured the rare Woodhouse's Scrubjay with an acorn before it was stashed.
2nd Place PAUL LIVINGSTON Owl at Sunset N Alamo Canyon Dr, Near East Boulder Pass I was strolling around the neighborhood, looked up and there he was. Got a few shots before he left.
3rd Place STEVE PRULL Dove Heart Deer Hollow Loop Two doves were sitting on the fence behind our house. As they moved closer I saw the potential for the shape of a heart to appear. I waited for just the right moment before one of them flew away.
HONORABLE MENTION RANDY PAULSON Untitled Silver Pheasant Loop NEST IN PRICKLY PEAR ON OUTSIDE OF MY WALL. SHOT FROM MY SIDE YARD OVER THE WALL.
HONORABLE MENTION GREGG ROBINSON HE'S BACK!!! Rancho Vistoso Blvd. We keep an eye out for our resident Gila monster, Cookie, to show up every year. Aha! Hiding behind a meter box at our home in Vistoso Pointe.
HONORABLE MENTION CHARLIE ALOLKOY Roadrunner's Gift E. Southern Pines Dr. Roadrunner with Lizard.
HONORABLE MENTION TOM WORCESTER Bee Poly Nation Glover & La Cholla Was lucky enough to capture this bee, just as it took flight, after collecting its full load of pollen.
HONORABLE MENTION BRIAN MCELWAIN Dove Traumatized by Monsoon Sky Light Street
1st Place DESIREE BUSTOS Catalina State Park Catalina State Park Wanted to capture the stunning mountains along Catalina State Park.
2nd Place PAUL LIVINGSTON Shadow Riders Rancho Vistoso approaching Honey Bee Park I met this group at their meet-up before their ride and got their approval to photograph them along their route. They were very helpful in helping me plan my mission!
3rd Place JOHN AMATO Amy Catalina State Park
HONORABLE MENTION PAUL LIVINGSTON How Much? SAACA's Cruise, BBQ, & Blues Festival, Oro Valley Marketplace. I was photographing the event when I saw this kid peeking through that window. It was a great shot so I took it.
HONORABLE MENTION KAREN WRIGHT Hotdog Hundred Catalina State Park Local artist and hiker Joe Pagac leads this intrepid group down the Romero Trail in Catalina State Park to the finish of the Hotdog Hundred. The crew hiked 100 miles over 5 days on the Arizona Trail to raise nearly $25K for the Community Food Bank, all while dressed in hotdog costumes!
HONORABLE MENTION DIANNE SLOTTEN El Tour de Tucson Oracle Road in Oro Valley Oro Valley enjoys one of the sunniest, most comfortable climates in the country. With an average of 279 days of sunshine a year, rain here is almost an event in itself! So, cyclists participating in the 31st El Tour de Tucson were probably expecting our legendary warm, sunny weather. Instead, in 2013 El Tour made history. It was the first day it had ever rained for this event and riders braved rain, hail and flooded riverbeds in what may have been the most challenging El Tour Day on record. Since that year, the historic weather has not dampened excitement for southern Arizona’s largest participatory sports event. And, chances are pretty good that spectators won’t need an umbrella!
HONORABLE MENTION SIMON GERBER Hiking Through Snowy Desert Catalina State Park This photo was taken of my mom enjoying a hike through the snowy desert.
1st Place JOEL THOMAS RUIZ Butterfly in the Morning W Lambert Lane
2nd Place BRICE FRAZIER Untitled Stone Terrace While walking in my neighborhood, I spotted some bees enjoying these bright flowers.
3rd Place BRIELLA BAER Desert Flower Innovation Dr.