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Swan Mountain

I had the opportunity to visit high up in the Swan Range to check on a whitebark pine restoration project that had an amazing view from it. In this shot I captured an elderberry shrub in full autumnal glory overlooking Swan Peak & the Bob Marshall Wilderness during a stormy afternoon

Kevin League of Helena won the grand prize in the 2018 Picture Wild Montana photo contest for his photo overlooking Swan Peak and the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

The 10th edition of the Montana Wilderness Association's annual contest featured entries from across the state showcasing the diverse beauty of Montana — from the deep forests of the Yaak Valley to the eastern prairies. In total, more than 1,100 entries were received. From those entries, judge Luke Duran — art director at Montana Outdoors magazine — selected a first-, second-, and third-place winner.

Carol Fowler of Seeley Lake won second place for a beautifully composed shot of an unnamed river in autumn. Glendive’s Kelly Wicks brought home third with his photo of a stunning sunset over the Terry Badlands Wilderness Study Area in Eastern Montana.

League received a prize package from Helena- and Billings-based The Base Camp, Red Lodge-based Crazy Creek, and bear spray from Kalispell-based Counter Assault. Second place winners received gear from Bozeman’s Oboz Footwear, Crazy Creek, and Counter Assault, while third place winners received prizes from Crazy Creek, Counter Assault, and Yeti. All winners also received a membership to the Montana Wilderness Association.

The winning photos can be viewed online at wildmontana.org.

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