As evidenced by the terrific submissions received for the Old Main Gallery Juried Photography Show, there are many talented photographers in Montana. Our landscape offers unlimited opportunities for great photos and all of the contestants truly captured the essence of our beautiful state. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Read on for the perspectives of the Juror – Steven Jackson, Photography Curator of the Museum of the Rockies and adjunct professor Montana State University.

Congratulations to Dana Aeberg for his
BEST OF SHOW entry “Round’em Up!”

(click on any photograph’s thumbnail to view a larger, full image) 

Montana – The Last Best Place

The photographs in this exhibition pay tribute to the landscape and culture that is Montana. Montana as “place” truly represents what is best in the lives of the people who call it home. Through their photography, the artists in this exhibition all present a personal view of what makes Montana a place of inspiration.

Dana Aaberg – Best of Show

Dana Aaberg’s photograph, Round’em Up, presents a familiar subject; the rodeo cowboy and bucking horse, with a drama and energy that grabs our attention. His expressive use of the photographic medium and printing process strengthens and transforms his subject into a truly iconic image of the west.

Tracie Spence – Honorable Mention

Tracie Spence’s photograph, Winter Wonderland, captures the cold, clear beauty of Montana in winter. Her creative use of a darkened sky contrasted with the snow covered trees reflects her sound photographic skills while successfully expressing the experience of a mountain forest in winter, a place of quiet serenity.

Nonnie Thompson – People’s Choice

Nonnie Thompson’s photograph, Impassible When Wet, reminds us of the experience of walking down a country road while marveling at the interplay between the land and sky. The photograph and title also successfully presents us with a metaphor for life’s journey on a road that often challenges our progress.