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Jeff Scheid, 1st Place, Storyteller: Dancers perform during Mexican Independence Day in North Las Vegas.
Jeff Scheid

1st Place, Storyteller, Jeff Scheid: Dancers perform during Mexican Independence Day in North Las Vegas.

10th Annual Focus on Nevada Photo Contest

Desert Companion

Over the 10 years we’ve been holding the Focus on Nevada photo contest, a lot of things have changed. We’ve remixed categories, switched up judges, and watched a hundred cool photo trends come and go. But we’ve discovered one enduring truth: Between the visual splendor of Nevada and the boundless creativity of its photographers, we can never say that we’ve seen it all. Every year, surprise and delight arrive in the form of not just fresh images, but whole new ways of seeing our cities, our landscapes, and our people. Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks once again for opening our eyes.

OUR JUDGES

Ms. AyeVee
Literary artist

Bridget Bennett
Photographer/professor, UNLV

Beverly Chillz
Musician

Joe Dumic
B&C Camera

Nancy Good
Gallerist/artist, Core Contemporary

Andrew Kiraly
Editor, Desert Companion

Heidi Kyser
Deputy editor, Desert Companion

Warren Lee
Photographer

Scott Lien
Senior designer, Desert Companion

Aaron Mayes
Photographer/curator, UNLV

Christopher Smith
Art director, Desert Companion

Mark Vogelzang
CEO, Nevada Public Radio

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Norm Craft, amateur/student

Artistic & Abstract

Honorable mention

A snowy scene at Lamoille Canyon in the Ruby Mountains

 

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Sam Katseanes, amateur/student

Artistic & Abstract

Honorable mention

Clouds on the Ruby Crest Trail

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Artistic & Abstract  Honorable Mention  Window reflections at night on Fremont Street Denise Jones
Denise Jones, amateur/student

Artistic & Abstract

Honorable mention

Window reflections at night on Fremont Street

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Dan Brady, amateur/student

Artistic & Abstract

Honorable mention

“Universal Ecosystem,” taken at the Clark County Wetlands Park

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John Wright, semiprofessional

Artistic & Abstract

2nd Place

“CityCenter has very interesting lines and views. This is just one
of them.”

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Christopher Reitmaier, semiprofessional

Artistic & Abstract

1st Place

“This is part of my ‘Human Design’ series, photographed from the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge overlook.”

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Alex Van Raalte

City Scenes

Honorable mention

A scene from City Plaza in Reno

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Wally Hawkins, professional

City Scenes

Honorable mention

An alley view of the Strat tower

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John Finn, amateur/student

City Scenes

Honorable mention

Traffic on the Strip at Spring Mountain Road

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City Scenes  Honorable mention  Hot air balloons on Nevada Day 2021 in Carson City
Gai Phanalasy, professional

City Scenes

Honorable mention

Hot air balloons on Nevada Day 2021 in Carson City

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Al Baker, professional

City Scenes

Honorable mention

“I had to be patient with this shot of the World Market Center. I stood and waited for people to cross the bridgeways — but only on certain floors. It took maybe an hour to finally get the shot I wanted.”

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Mandy Southards, professional

City Scenes

2nd Place

“Early in the year, intense weather moves into Southern Nevada, and the clouds leave me speechless. The sun was shining through on the north end of the Strip even though the clouds looked ominous!”

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Kevin Ford, amateur student

City Scenes

1st Place

West Wind Las Vegas Drive-In

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Daniel Zarrella, semiprofessional

Storyteller

Honorable mention

“Every face you pass on the Strip tells a story. Some tell a lot. I shot this next to the Mirage volcano.”

 

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Armand Thomas, semiprofessional Storyteller  Honorable mention  “This one’s called, ‘Having Lunch With a Friend, Circa 21st Century.’ Need I say more? Shot at EAT in Downtown Las Vegas.”
Armand Thomas, semiprofessional

Storyteller

Honorable mention

“This one’s called, ‘Having Lunch With a Friend, Circa 21st Century.’ Need I say more? Shot at EAT in Downtown Las Vegas.”

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Daniel Ybarra, amateur/student Storyteller  Honorable mention  “After a long night of work, a firefighter leaves a burned structure.”
Daniel Ybarra, amateur/student

Storyteller

Honorable mention

“After a long night of work, a firefighter leaves a burned
structure.”

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Nicole Wargo, amateur/student

Storyteller

Honorable mention

“A candid hometown homage to the painting ‘Nighthawks’ by Edward Hopper. Two showgirls talk at the counter of Pizza Rock in Downtown Las Vegas.”

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Julia Anthony, semiprofessional Storyteller  2nd Place  “This image was taken in my house after my daughter moved back home. She has to live in the living room, because all the other rooms are taken by my other kids.”
Julia Anthony, semiprofessional

Storyteller

2nd Place

“This image was taken in my house after my daughter moved back home. She has to live in the living room, because all the other rooms are taken by my other kids.”

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Jeff Scheid, professional

Storyteller

1st Place

Dancers perform during Mexican Independence Day in North Las Vegas.

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Paul Douglas, amateur/student The Rurals  Honorable mention  Rail cars near the Moapa River Indian Reservation
Paul Douglas, amateur/student

The Rurals

Honorable mention

Rail cars near the Moapa River Indian Reservation

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Cassia Lopez, semiprofessional, The Rurals  Honorable mention  Girl in the grass
Cassia Lopez, semiprofessional

The Rurals

Honorable mention

Girl in the grass

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Gabriel de Leon, amateur/student The Rurals  Honorable mention  Abandoned shack on the outskirts of Eureka
Gabriel de Leon, amateur/student

The Rurals

Honorable mention

Abandoned shack on the outskirts of Eureka

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Norm Craft, amateur/student The Rurals  Honorable mention  Manhattan, Nevada
Norm Craft, amateur/student

The Rurals

Honorable mention

Manhattan, Nevada

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Hugh Byrne, semiprofessional The Rurals  The Rurals  2nd Place  The Milky Way rising in the night sky above a railway bridge outside Caliente
Hugh Byrne, semiprofessional

The Rurals

2nd Place

The Milky Way rising in the night sky above a railway bridge outside Caliente

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Mike Cowan, semiprofessional

The Rurals

1st Place

“For Nevada’s outdoor enthusiasts, visiting the range to shoot clay targets is a welcome escape from city life. Capturing the ejecting shells was a rare treat as the shells go airborne and smoke follows.”

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Elvis Altamirano, professional Wild Nevada  Honorable mention  Elephant Rock at Valley of Fire State Park
Elvis Altamirano, professional

Wild Nevada

Honorable mention

Elephant Rock at Valley of Fire State Park

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Renee Grayson, semiprofessional Wild Nevada  Honorable mention  Blue dasher dragonfly
Renee Grayson, semiprofessional

Wild Nevada

Honorable mention

Blue dasher dragonfly

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James Konys, amateur/student Wild Nevada  Honorable mention  A cormorant catches a trout at Floyd Lamb Park.
James Konys, amateur/student

Wild Nevada

Honorable mention

A cormorant catches a trout at Floyd Lamb Park.

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Jason Browning, amateur/student Wild Nevada  Honorable mention  Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park
Jason Browning, amateur/student

Wild Nevada

Honorable mention

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park

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Willow Cornelius, semiprofessional Wild Nevada  2nd Place  A kayaker at Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
Willow Cornelius, semiprofessional

Wild Nevada

2nd Place

A kayaker at Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

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Trevor Vellinga, professional Wild Nevada  1st Place  “‘Dreams from Yesterday,’ from a lesser-known state park that has a lot of potential for astrophotography.”
Trevor Vellinga, professional

Wild Nevada

1st Place

“‘Dreams from Yesterday,’ from a lesser-known state park that has a lot of potential for astrophotography.”

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John Mastrogiacomo, professional Light & Shadow  Honorable mention  Moonrise over the Strat
John Mastrogiacomo, professional

Light & Shadow

Honorable mention

Moonrise over the Strat

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Daniel Ybarra, amateur/student Light & Shadow  Honorable mention  “My son rollin’ along.”
Daniel Ybarra, amateur/student

Light & Shadow

Honorable mention

“My son rollin’ along.”

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Gian Sapienza, professional Light & Shadow  Honorable mention  “My years of being a dedicated Western photographer always bring me back to the textures and soft light of the desert.”
Gian Sapienza, professional

Light & Shadow

Honorable mention

“My years of being a dedicated Western photographer always bring me back to the textures and soft light of the desert.”

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Sonia Barcelona, professional Light & Shadow  2nd Place  “I shot this photo of my boyfriend right before he had to leave for a performance. It was the beginning of my journey as a professional photographer and his journey as a professional musician. An im
Sonia Barcelona, professional

Light & Shadow

2nd Place

“I shot this photo of my boyfriend right before he had to leave for a performance. It was the beginning of my journey as a professional photographer and his journey as a professional musician. An image of a soul singer in natural light.”

 

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Norm Craft, amateur/student
Norm Craft, amateur/student

Light & Shadow

1st Place

“Inside the storage building George Fayle built next to the department store he opened in Goodsprings in 1916. Today, this building stands — albeit only partially — next to the small stone building Fayle’s uncle, Sam Yount, built in 1899.”

 

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Mike Cowan, semiprofessional GRAND PRIZE  “A bird’s-eye view of evening shadows across the tennis court.”
Mike Cowan, semiprofessional

GRAND PRIZE

“A bird’s-eye view of evening shadows across the tennis court.”

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