Department of Geography and the Environment

2018 Geography Photo Contest Winners

Wed, March 27, 2019
2018 Geography Photo Contest Winners

The Department of Geography and the Environment is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 photo contest! The contest was developed to showcase the exciting research and adventures of our students. The contest was open to graduate and undergraduate Geography, Urban Studies, Sustainability Studies, and Environmental Science majors. The categories for entries were (1) People, (2) Places, (3) Nature, and one Grand Prize winner. 

Many thanks to all the students for participating and capturing these amazing images!



Grand prize winner: Preston McLaughlin

"Where the Ocean Meets the Sky" Bahamas

"Where the Ocean Meets the Sky" Bahamas, Preston McLaughlin











People category winner: Anaïs Zimmer

Fiesta de las Cruces, Cochabamba, Bolivia











Places category winner: Sisimac Duchicela

A herd of alpacas coming home at sundown after a heavy snow in the community of Ingahuasi, Peru











Nature category winner: Kristina Ludanova

Stormy clouds dwell over the steppes of eastern Kazakhstan








Honorable Mentions:

Leila Donn - Aidone rooftops: Time-worn rooftops in the medieval mountain town of Aidone, Sicily











Matti Baron - Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa











Lauren Sweat - Black Sand Beach, Waianapanapa State Park, Hana, Hawaii
















Blair Nagel - Condoriri Mountain Range, Bolivia















Lauren Sweat - Kaanapali Beach in Maui, Hawaii











Blaise Murphy - San Juan Mountains










Anaïs Zimmer - Plaza de Armas (Main Square), Cusco, Peru











Lauren Sweat - Sitting Bull Falls, Carlsbad, New Mexico











George Wunch - Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve











Greta Wells - Kala Patthar, Mount Everest and the Khumbu Icefall











Great Wells - Kerlingarfjöll, Icelandic Highlands











Blair Nagel - Buena Vista, Colorado


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