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GARNA’s 5th Annual Photo Contest Fundraiser – People’s Choice Voting

September 28, 2018 - October 4, 2018

BIG THANK YOU! to Kym and Hayden Mellsop at Pinon Real Estate for sponsoring GARNA’s 5th annual Photo Contest and Fundraiser!

See the pictures, awards and People’s Choice Results by clicking here.

Click here for product ordering.

Read about this year’s AMAZING judges:

Michael O. Snyder

Michael O. Snyder is a photographer and filmmaker working at the intersections of social justice and environmental sustainability.  His work has been featured in multiple nationally recognized magazines and galleries such as National Geographic, The Washington Post, High Country News and NPR.  A few of his many exhibitions include National Geographic Mountainfilm Young Explorers Exhibition, Patagonia Photography Show, Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit – Solo Show.

As Founder of Interdependent Pictures, he has directed documentary films in the Amazon, the Arctic, the Himalayas and Uganda. His work has been named Official Selection to over 40 film festivals and he has won numerous awards throughout Canada and the U.S.

Mike has hiked the Appalachian and John Muir Trails, cycled across Europe and ridden trains across Asia.  He holds an MSc in Environmental Sustainability, is a member of Blue Earth Alliance and Fearless Photographers and was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar

Find out more about Michael at https://www.michaelosnyder.com/


Mountain Spirit Photography: Coleen and John Graybill

Mountain Spirit Photography is a combination of the talents of John and Coleen Graybill.

Coleen has been a professional photographer for 29 years and is a Master Photographer and Certified Professional Photographer through the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). For over 26 of those years, she was a portrait/wedding photographer, winning many awards at the state, district and national association levels. The last 3 years she has concentrated on landscape and fine art images, bringing even more awards.

John graduated from the Rhode Island School of Photography; photography didn’t become a full-time career until Coleen came into his life in 2016. John entered his first national image competition last year and had an image make it into the PPA Loan Collection, the top 10% of the entire competition. He is currently working towards his Masters and Craftsman Degrees through PPA.

You can see their work in Simple Eatery in downtown Buena Vista, at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center and in the Buena Vista Visitor Guide and on their website  http://www.mountainspiritphotography.com/


Digital Art Co Bio: Joe and Kimmie Randall

Joe Randall grew up in Buena Vista where he developed a deep love for the mountains and waters of the Arkansas Valley. Both Joe and Kimmie have always loved everything about the outdoors. After years of constant work, they chose to embrace landscape photography to create a new spark and exuberance in their lives. Photography has taken them to many places and on great adventures. They hope to share the magnificence and wonder of the great state of Colorado.

After living in Colorado Springs for several years Joe and Kimmie longed for the peace and tranquility of his home town. Now their home is surrounded by the beauty that is BV. To learn more about Digital Art Co please visit  http://digitalartco.com/index.html





September 28, 2018
October 4, 2018
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