(A few of the winners shown below)
Colleen Nicholson took first place in the Montana Wildlife
with her photo of two bears in her yard.
Montana Wildlife: Jim Ballard took third place.
Portrait: Beverly Evans took 1st place.
Portrait: Jim Haueter took 2nd Place.
Rhonda Malecha took First Place Black & White
and Best of Show with this portrait photo.
by Patricia Swan Smith
For the Pathfinder
December 3, 1998
The extra bear activity in Seeley's backyards helped some photographers win in this year's Alpine Artisans Photo Contest.
Colleen Nicholson took first place in the Montana Wildlife category with her photo of two bears in her yard.
Carol Lee Frasca took second place in the Humorous category with her little bear- cub visitor trying to eat out of her bird feeder.
While there were fewer photos in this year's contest, the photos that were entered provided viewers with some great photography.
Jack Copps, photographer, and Cindy Torok, who works with oils and pastels, were the judges for this year's show.
The winners were: Western Flair: Colleen Nicholson, 1st place; Montana Nature: Jim Haueter, 1st place; Beverly Evans, 2nd place and J.L Ashmore, 3rd; Montana Wildlife: Colleen Nicholson, 1st place, J.L. Ashmore, 2nd place and Jim Ballard, 3rd place. Humorous: Colleen Nicholson, 1st place; Carol Lee Frasca, 2nd place. Portrait: Beverly Evans, 1st place; Jim Haueter, 2nd place and Beverly Evans, 3rd place. Black & White: Rhonda Malecha took 1st and 2nd place. Malecha also won Best of Show with her Black and White portrait.
Next year's show will have a snap-shot category as well as a "Seeley Days Gone By" category. Both categories will include any subject matter.
Jack Copps will have a display of antique cameras at the show. And next year the show will be set up so both matted and/or framed photographs may be entered. You may still enter unmatted photos.