Smith Rock Photo Contest Winners
Smith Rock State Park is one of the state’s most hiked, most climbed and most photographed natural features. So earlier this year we launched a photo contest, promoting the state park as one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. The contest was simple: Submit a pic and win a trip – a trip that included a couple nights at Eagle Crest Resort, a climbing package from Chockstone Guided Tours and some other great schwag from our partners. Well, we received nearly 150 photos – some were breathtakingly beautiful like this grand prize winning sunset shot by Jason Hall of Dundee, Oregon.
Other images were expansive – like this shot from Scott Biniak, which gives us a unique perspective on one of the most diverse parks in the state.
Some of the images were mind-blowing – like this slack-lining shot from Jamie Kish, which shows someone dangling from a thin line hundreds of feet above the Earth near Monkey Face.
Some of the photos, like this one from Phillip Kuntz, were brilliant in their simplicity. This shot – just a couple of hikers ready to trek into the park – shows the ease of accessibility to a park visited by hundreds of thousands annually.
Some of the shots prompted actual “Whoah’s!” from the judges. This image captured by Megan Skinner shows just one way to explore Smith Rock – albeit a way many of us might not ever get to (or want to) experience – which made it an easy choice to be one of our five runner ups.
We had shots of dogs, lots of selfies, one guy with a VW bus and another family with Kermit the Frog. Some of the images were the work of professionals while others were the work of Snapchat and Instagram. But just about all of them, like this shot from Brenden Schild, were able to capture the beauty of Smith Rock.
So whether you hike it, bike it, climb it or just photograph it – get out and explore Smith Rock. And see why it’s one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.