Uprooted Magnolia

the Cowboy Rides Again….

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on January 19, 2012

Daybreak | ©Leah Yetter Photographer

I failed to mention to you that with this image, matted and framed, I won first place last year at the Douglas State Fair here in Wyoming. I mentioned it on my Facebook page but didn’t write about it on the blog. I was encouraged by gallery members and friends to enter another. Yesterday was the reception for  the second contest I’ve ever entered, the 3rd Annual Platte River Photography Show, also in Douglas. Patrick and I drove the icy roads last Friday to get my images entered and hung.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

The competition was fierce with big cash prizes. It was an open show, no categories and you could enter up to 3 framed pictures.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

I entered Daybreak, Bald Eagle, and the Chugwater Grainery. The Bald Eagle is on the easel in the image above, 3rd one from the left.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

Daybreak is hanging on the wall in the middle of the image just above the blonde looking at the framed pictures in the table.
Third place went to the sweetest picture of a Horned Owl peeking through tree limbs. It was a cute one and a favorite. Now please allow me to toot my own horn…drum roll please…..Second Place went to Daybreak!!! I was so surprised and very excited. The cash prize will definitely help with my travels back east in the fall for my best friends wedding.
First place went to an elephant photographed in a zoo in Utah.

I am so honored to be recognized for my work and am inspired now to enter more competitions and to work even harder at my photography.
Thank you for encouraging me here at Uprooted Magnolia and for all of your comments, compliments and support. You give me confidence in my craft. ♥

*Edit* Duh, I’m obviously in the clouds and forgot to thank the Douglas Chamber of Commerce and the sponsers, Duke Energy and Cloud Peak Energy for providing the prizes.

Now, as soon as the 65mph gusty winds wind down, I will to get back out there with my camera.
Bye for now,

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  1. Booksphotographsandartwork said, on January 19, 2012 at 11:10 am



  2. rontuaru said, on January 19, 2012 at 11:13 am

    A stunning photo, a great subject. I think you should have won, but I’m biased. 😉 Congrats!


    • leahyetter said, on January 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Awe shucks, thanks. First Place would have been awesome but I am so honored to win Second. They hung about 180 pictures to be judged. Yikes! I was nervous and excited. 🙂


  3. Lee Triesenberg said, on January 19, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Congrats Leah. So proud of you and your work. I love looking at your photographs. Missed seeing you while in Macon, but Kendra said she saw you in Atlanta at the Tori Amos concert. Lee


    • leahyetter said, on January 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks Lee! It was so great to see Kendra. Beautiful girl! I can always count on seeing her at a Tori show if nowhere else. 🙂


  4. Lenore Diane said, on January 19, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Congratulations, Leah! Your photography is worthy of more awards!


  5. gail said, on January 19, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Daybreak is fantastic!
    I enjoy seeing your photographs and reading your posts.
    Now, about the wind not blowing in Wyoming……….. 🙂


    • leahyetter said, on January 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Yeah Gail, I know. But a girl can dream right!
      Thank you for the compliment. 🙂


  6. Terri Sapp said, on January 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    WORD!!! I always knew you were award winning! i am SO excited that patrick is helping you get to GA for my party and wedding in his own way…by looking so cool on a horse in the daybreak! LOLPS (that is laugh out loud Patrick style, btw)!! CONGRATS! YOU DESERVE IT!


    • leahyetter said, on January 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks T! Looking forward to the bachelorette extravaganza and wedding madness! 🙂
      But this isn’t Patrick on the horse. It’s our friend and cowboy, Wayne. But yes, Patrick plays a huge role in my photography. Love ya! 🙂


  7. Alena Nash said, on January 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    WOOOHOOOO!!! Go LEAH!!!! But of COURSE you won cuz you are just FAB!!! YES YOU DESERVE IT!!!


  8. Kelly said, on January 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Congratulations! I love Daybreak and am not at all surprised you won!
    Thanks to your inspiring photos, I finally got my buns in gear and I’m taking a digital photography class with my little pee-diddle camera. I’m doing a photo a day of things I’m grateful for, and there’s no reason they can’t be at least half-way decent.

    Thanks for sharing your photos!


  9. JudyK said, on January 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Congratulations! Even though I do love elephants, I can’t understand why a picture of one in a zoo would come in first place. Pretty sure you deserved that honour. Love your work as always.


    • leahyetter said, on January 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks Judy and I agree. In the Professional Photography world, animal pictures captured in a zoo are frowned upon for competitions. But this was an open competition so I guess that means all things a go. But I am happy to have place 2nd and the cash prize was not too shabby. 🙂


  10. Victoria Bennett Beyer said, on January 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    You go, girl! You so deserve it! This is one of my favorite images.


  11. Katie said, on January 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I can’t believe you haven’t entered and won more contests! You have lots of them that deserve accolades! Get out there and enter some more – and then we will all be able to say that we know an award winning photographer!


    • leahyetter said, on January 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks Katie! I am inspired now so I’m looking for more competitions to get involved in. I’ll keep you posted!


  12. lorlee1 said, on January 20, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Brilliant photo! Stunning


  13. Lynne Otter photographer said, on January 20, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Well done, great photo, Ciao Lynne


  14. RL said, on January 20, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Congrats! It is well-deserved, but I, too may be biased by the subject matter.


  15. idiosyncratic eye said, on January 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Wow, that’s a great image, I love silhouettes. You fully deserved that prize! 🙂


  16. Cindy Thompson said, on January 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Congratulations, Leah! I love your photographs and drop in every day just to enjoy what is new on your blog.
    It is my “beautiful fix”…I really need it when the wind is blowing.


    • leahyetter said, on January 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Thank you Cindy! Always nice to hear from you. I know what you mean…sometimes I have to dig through the archives to find something pretty for these windy days. Glad I can be of some help. Take care!


  17. Sheila T Illustrated said, on January 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Love the silhouette. congrats on first prize.


  18. Ellen said, on January 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    COngrats!! I´m very happy for you!!! and it´s a well deserved prize!! it´s a beautiful picture!


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