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Awards: Honorable Mentions | Smartphone | Landscape/nature | Artistic/abstract | People in the moment | Places | Grand prize

Welcome to Desert Companion’s second annual “Focus on Nevada” photo contest. A quick note before you feast your eyes on the pages of terrific imagery that follow: This year, to bring a heightened mojo to these proceedings, we enlisted a cohort of judges — folks whose aesthetic sophistication jumped the decision-making process to a new level.

And there was plenty to judge: We received 1,442 submissions covering every conceivable permutation of our five categories: People/In the moment; artistic/abstract; landscapes/nature; places; and smartphones. The entries were strong, too; collectively they remind us what a vivid, diverse, fantastically interesting place we call home. We’re glad we had help picking the winners.

Now: enough of these words — on to the photos!

Judges: Ginger Bruner, artist; Scott Dickensheets, Desert Companion deputy editor; Betsy Fretwell, Las Vegas City Manager; and, Kristen Peterson, arts journalist

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Smartphone - second place - Cristian Ghilan

2nd Place
CRISTINA GHILAN
Amateur/Student

Phone
iPhone 4s

App(s)
Snapseed, Pixlr-o-matic

 

Smartphone - 1st Place - Julie Hamill

1st Place
JULIE HAMILL
Amateur/Student

Phone
iPhone 4s

App(s)
Snapseed

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