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2016 GayOutdoors Photo Contest


We are thrilled to announce the winner of our annual photo contest! The winner will receive $50, a full membership, a GO t-shirt or hat, and get recognized on our website/newsletter. 

This year we had 28 submissions. "We always have such a wonderful response for this contest," noted Mike Boisvert, GO President. "We really look for photos that capture the beauty of the greater outdoors as well as capturing the spirit of outdoorzy men. This is a great way to highlight the artistic work of our members."

The winner of the GayOutdoors Photo Contest is Gary who is from Denver, Colorado. After entering the contest for a number of years, he has finally won! 

This is a countdown where the photos with the least votes are ranked at the top eventually leading to the winners at the bottom. 

15 Shawn 2016
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#1 Farm house, Farmington ME; #2 Seed Pods in backyard, Raymond ME; #3 Shaker Village, Gray Maine; #4 Ice on Rangeley Lake, Rangeley ME; #5 Bubble, Bike Road Race Farmington ME
14 Don 2016
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1) Mt. Mansfield looming over Vermont's autumn foliage. 2) Birds taking full advantage of tunnels and caves Ballestas Island, Peru.3) Gulls soaring noisily in and out of cave almost keep hung-over sea lions awake. Balletas Islands, Peru. 4) Bird sanctuary, a Ballestas Island, Peru. 5) Buddies testing athleticism and courage over sand dune cliff, Huacachina, Peru.
13 David 2016
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Mt. Major, New Hampshire, Deerfield New Hampshire, and the Luberon, Provence, France.
12 Adam 2016
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(1) Bald Hill Hike - Corvallis, Oregon Amazing day with my best friend on an amazing hike in the Fall in Oregon. (2)Catalina Island Hike - Avalon Took a cruise ship which you can see in the far distance from Long Beach to do this hike. Was an extremely special day and an amazing hike to the summit to get to see down both sides of the island to the Pacific.(3)Irish Lake - Deshutes National Forest, Eastern Oregon Awesome camping trip between two beautiful lakes nestled up against the Pacific Crest Trail. Had a great trip swimming and training to hike the PCT on this end of Summer trip. (4)Grand Canyon, Arizona A road trip across the country is always fun with a couple days camping in the Grand Canyon! Had a blast exploring all that is this great huge playground. I WILL BE BACK! (5)San Bernardino National Forest Boondocking it(dry camping) in the old burn through in San Bernardino. The bugs that attacked our faces were horrendous, but the views and fun times were totally worth it. Will bring DEET next time...
11 Phillip 2016
Stats: Star List Debut
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1. Kayaking Moosehead Lake, ME 2. Moosehead Lake from the top of Mount Kineo, ME 3. Coastal view, Reid State Park, Georgetown, ME 4. Tumbledown Mountain, ME 5. Tumbledown Mountain, ME
10 Gregory 2016
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1)Black Sand Beach near Vik Iceland. 2) Dolly Sods West Virginia on Bear Rocks trail 3) Dolly Sods West Virginia view from Bear Rocks. 4) Seljalandsfoss southern region of Iceland. 5) Warren Falls swimming holes, Vermont
9 Howie 2016
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(1) Mount Cotacachi Peak at Sunrise, Ecuador (2) Canal and Mountains - Jaracuaro, Mexico. (3) Frailejones - El Angel Reserve, Ecuador.
8 Joe 2016
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(1) Glacier National Park - this was taken of Grinnel Point on the Swiftcurrent Lake. (2) Maine Coast - this was taken along the Maine coast near Acadia National Park. (3) Martha's Vineyard - this was taken at South Beach on Martha's Vineyard. (4) Prairie Cabin - this was taken on the prairie in Montana east of Glacier National Park. (5) Grand Tetons - this was taken at sunrise at the Grand Tetons.
7 Keith 2016
Stats: Returning Star
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(1) Badlands National Park, SD. (2) Foggy Pacific beach, Humboldt County, CA. (3) Foggy Pacific beach, Humboldt County, CA (4) Climbing Crane Mountain, Lake George, NY. (5) Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
6 Doug 2016
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(1)Sunrise over Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Palm Beach County, FL (2)Crested Caracara lined up on fence posts - Dinner Island Ranch Wildlife Management Area, Hendry County, FL (3)Bucks sharing a field long before the rut - Dinner Island ranch Wildlife Management Area, Hendry County, FL (4)Anhinga drying his wings - Green Cay Wildlife Preserve - Palm Beach County, FL (5)Screech Owl at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
5 Brett 2016
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(1) Bald Eagle. (2) Bobcat, Florida (3) Piping Plover chick [endangered species], New Jersey (4) snow geese, New Jersey (5) Stream, New Jersey.
4 Sean 2016
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Photo 1: Desert Sentinel, Dead Horse Point This photo was taken at Dead Horse Point near Moab, Utah. The point is a finger of land that juts out over the desert basin far below, and was the filming location for the scene in Thelma & Louise (spoiler alert!) where they drive off the desert cliff together. This lonely Juniper caught my eye, mostly for it's stamina and resiliency to survive this harsh desert climate and the relentless winds at this elevation and exposure, 2,000 feet above the Colorado River. Photo 2: Fall on Duck Creek, Cedar Breaks National Monument While exploring the Dixie National Forest near Cedar Breaks National Monument (Utah), I stumbled across this tranquil and photogenic creek winding it's way down from the heights. I followed it for a few miles, and was rewarded with stunning fall foliage. A beautiful and relaxing hike on a soothing autumn afternoon. Photo 3: Luke and Mausam, High Uinta Mountains I was hiking with a group of friends in the High Uinta Mountains of northern Utah when we stopped to rest at the gorgeous Ibantik Lake (10,220 feet). One of my hiking group (Mausam, from India) took a liking to my back country hiking companion, my Siberian Husky Luke, who returned the affection. I took the photo while Luke and Mausam were enjoying the view. Photo 4: Red Rock Serenade, Moab Utah This photo was taken while hiking in Canyonlands National Park, in the Needles district. I was roughly 7 miles into the Elephant Hill trail, when I heard music up ahead. As I rounded a bend in an arroyo, I saw these two rather striking young guys perched on a ledge halfway up a canyon wall strumming their guitars, their climbing gear scattered around them. I can only assume they climbed up first and hauled their guitars up afterward. A nice surprising moment on an otherwise isolated hike. Photo 5: Sundial Peak in Autumn, Wasatch Mountains Sundial Peak is my all-around favorite hiking destination in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah, adjacent to Salt Lake City. The mountain rears its iconic summit 10,320 feet and is often reflected in the calm waters of Lake Blanche nestled at its feet. The peak can be reached during at any time during the year, and looks completely different in each season.
3 Ed
Stats: Returning Star
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(1) The Fitz Roy Massif in Patagonia, Argentina, in the morning light, which changes from pink to flaming gold as the sun is rising, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. Once known as Cerro Chalten (Smoking Mountain), not as a volcano but for the cloud which forms around its peak. (2) Lunch at the Punta Union Pass at 15,675 ft (4750m) in Peru; with the stunning view of nearby Nevado Taulliraju (5830m). My Peruvian friend Esteban, always uses his big knife for almost everything; that is why nobody ever messes up with the cook. (3)The Salkantay Pass (4,638 m/15,213 ft) in Peru, and snowcapped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range. (4) Ófærufoss (the Impassable Waterfall) in Iceland, is one of the most awe-inspiring waterfalls. It was created by the cascading waters of Nyrðri-Ófæra River, cutting into the solid lava wall of the Eldgjá “fire canyon” overgrown by the fluorescent green moss. (5) The “Wonderland” of Sveinsgil in Iceland, with the only one of its kind Grænihryggur (Green Ridge), near the rhyolitic stratovolcano Torfajökull, which last erupted in 1477.
2 Bob 2016
Stats: Star List Debut
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(1)There is a certain charm to the small towns along the coast in Maine, this picture was taken when I went to Mount Desert Island to see Acadia National Park. (2)My boyfriend thought it would be a good idea for me to meet his family and tell them all that we were in a relationship so he brought me to Newfoundland Canada. (3). In this picture we were watching a storm roll over Yellowstone Lake at the northern end while we were free and clear of the thunder and rain at the southern end on a beach. (4)My boyfriend and I spent our day hiking in various location until we stopped at Great Fountain Geyser to watch the sun set. (5)My boyfriend and I were nearing the end of our trip out west to Yellowstone National park, we woke up early in the morning while staying in Indian Creek camp grounds and drove across the park to Hayden Valley where we saw the sun rising and reflecting over the river.
1 Gary 2016
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Kayak/hiking in Lake in Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada (1) Amethyst lake and the Ramparts, Tonquin Valley backpacking, in Jasper National Park. (2) Kayaking the Southern end of Lake Maligne in Jasper National Park (3) Hiking buddy doing a yoga pose with the Ramparts and Amethyst lake, Jasper. (4) Dawn light on the Ramparts, Tonquin Valley backpack, Jasper. (5) View from high up w/ Garry is O.G.A.

Previous Lists
  • 2015 GayOutdoors Photography Contest
  • 2014 GayOutdoors Photography Contest
  • 2013 GayOutdoors Photography Contest
  • 2012 GayOutdoors Photography Contest
  • 2011 GayOutdoors Photography Contest
  • 2010 GayOutdoors Photography Contest
  • 2009 GayOutdoors Photography Contest
  • 2008 Photography Contest
  • 2007 GayOutdoors Photography Contest
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