8th Annual Hot Shot Photo Contest: And The Winners Are...

Go here to view photos by all the winners in Katrine & Bill Formby’s 8th annual Telluride Hot Shot Photo Contest.

Think of it as another form of hunting and gathering – but with a camera or iPhone as the weapon of choice.

Well over 100 photographers participated this year in Katrine & Bill Formby’s Fourth of July Hot Shot Photography Contest, hoping to bag one of the prizes: 1st prize ($1,000); 2nd ($300; 3rd ($100); plus a sheet of customized stamps for everyone, including 10 Honorable Mentions.

“I continue to be blown away by the creativity of those whose choose to enter Hot Shot. I was not a judge this year, but I was with the judges when they made their decisions – and I can tell you it wasn’t easy because there were so many unique and memorable submissions. By the way, this is our 8th year running the contest, but it was the very first year we had a cemetery entry,” said Katrine.

The top three winners are as follows:

1st place: Telluride local and professional photographer, Melissa Plantz,”Celebrating Independence at 8750.”

2nd place: Dylan Kroes,”Happy Birthday America . . . Telluride Style.”

3rd place: Jake Niece, “Cemetery Fireworks.”

Hot Shot is co-sponsored by The Nugget Building, the Ah Haa School for the Arts, the Telluride Volunteer Fire Department, and Telluride Inside… and Out.

This year’s judges were:

Scott Bennett- Fire chief

Tara Carter – Ah Haa

Penelope Gleason – co-owner, BootDoctors

Jake McTigue – Real Estate Broker

Sean Murphy – Telluride mayor

Lyn Samuelson – Professional photographer

Sam Samuelson – Telluride’s head building official

Peter Sante – Owner, Sante Architects

Leslie Vreeland – Daily Planet and Watch Newspapers

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Susan Viebrock

Susan Viebrock

Susan is Telluride Inside… and Out’s founder and editor-in-chief, the visionary on the team, in charge of content, concept and development. For 19+ years, Susan has covered Telluride’s cultural economy, which includes non-profits and special events. Much of her writing features high-profile individuals in the arts, entertainment, business, and politics. She is a former Citibank executive specializing in strategic planning and new business development, and a certified Viniyoga instructor.

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