NWC News Desk

Winners Announced for First Annual NWC Photography Competition and Exhibition

Posted February 3, 2023
By NWC News Desk

The First Annual NWC Photography Competition and Exhibition concluded with winners announced in three categories covering high school, amateur and professional entries. A total of 159 individuals from those separate divisions submitted entries, with first, second and third-place awards given in each, along several honorable mention selections as well.

“The idea for the event arose organically as the program worked to facilitate the recent stewardship of the SinClair Gallery alongside the annual High School Photography Contest, which the program has sponsored for the last seven years,” said NWC Associate Professor of Photography Christine Garceau.

Entries for the High School section of the contest included 144 students from 23 schools spanning 14 states. Students entered up to three images in five categories that included people, nature, sports, human interest, and commercial food and product photography. From these categories, the top five images were selected by the Photographic Communications faculty and staff to go on to the semifinal judging.

The top ten were then selected for printing, matting, and framing for final judging in the SinClair Gallery, of which three were given awards by international renowned wildlife photographer Meg Sommers during the exhibition opening. Photo prizes were provided by Roberts Camera of Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Amateur and Professional categories represented thirty-seven images submitted by fifteen photographers from Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. To create continuity for the judging process, entrants were required to use common museum framing practices by utilizing black metal or black wood frames with white mats in two specific sizes. As with the high school photographs, the top three images in each category were selected for awards by Sommers.

“This photographic exhibition celebrates the coming together of both young and mature photography enthusiasts and professionals,” said Garceau. “It goes without saying that the Mountain West provides a multitude of photographic opportunities to engage with. This exhibition testifies to the creative voice photography provides for those who have the courage and passion to share their experiences with audiences eager to celebrate their efforts.”

For inquiries about purchasing any of the photographs exhibited, please contact the Photographic Communications program, which is located in the Fagerberg building on the NWC campus, at 307-754-6497 or Christine.Garceau@nwc.edu. The photographs will remain on display in the SinClair Gallery through March 27. The gallery is located inside the Orendorff Building at Northwest College, and is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


High School

  • 1st place: Olivia Dewey (Capital High School, Helena, Montana)
  • 2nd place: Raelynn Staley (Capital High School, Helena, Montana)
  • 3rd place: Bailey Ready (Adrian High School, Nyssa, Oregon)
  • Honorable Mention: (Daniel Shi, Cranbrook Kingswood School, Bloomfield Hill, Michigan)


  • 1st place: Lora Ginnetti (Cody, Wyoming)
  • 2nd place: Dawn Garrison (Cody, Wyoming)
  • 3rd place: Karla Gitlitz (Meeteetse, Wyoming)
  • Honorable Mention: Lora Ginnetti (Cody, Wyoming), Ashley Howe (Powell, Wyoming) and Jessica Case (Cody, Wyoming)


  • 1st place: McKenzy Ellisen (Meeteetse, Wyoming)
  • 2nd place: John Harris (Cody, Wyoming)
  • 3rd place: McKenzy Ellisen (Meeteetse, Wyoming)
  • Honorable Mention: Robert Koelling (Powell, Wyoming), Jeff Codevilla (Dubois, Wyoming)