Grand Prize Winner: Jerry W. Britton -- Easley Creek First Snow. Odd numbers have been good to Jerry Britton of Antioch, Calif. He picked up his third grand prize in the Idaho Outdoors photo contest in 2009, and his previous wins came in 2007 and 2005. Britton returns to Idaho annually to visit his cabin at Easley Creek in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The landscape around Easley Creek is the subject of this year's winner. He shot it in color in 2005, but he preferred it as a black and white. "When I put it in black and white, it just popped out," he said. Britton said he's entered the annual photo contest for about seven years and had his photos selected for some award every year but one. Easley Creek and the Sawtooth area are among his favorite subjects. "Everybody has some place that's just meaningful," he said. "And this part of Idaho is my most meaningful place." The 71-year-old retiree is no newcomer to Easley Creek. His family has owned property there since 1926. This year's winning photo was taken on a fishing trip when he saw storm clouds in the mountains. "When you start getting certain weather, you stop and take a longer look," he said.
FIRST PLACE: Rick Cate Rick Cate captured this foggy, early-morning scene titled "As the Crow Flies" along Idaho 55 north of Banks just past the Swinging Bridge Campground. This is the first time Cate, of Boise, has won an award for his photography. "I have 5,000 pictures of Idaho, but it was hard to find five that said 'outdoor Idaho,'" said Cate, who is a plant buyer at Greenhurst Nursery in Nampa.
SECOND PLACE: Brian Kerr Brian Kerr has been shooting photos for about 10 years. This image of his friend fishing on a cold day on the South Fork of the Boise River was his first entry into a photo contest. The Eagle physician uses a lot of his photography to help generate ideas for his other passion -- watercolor painting. He took this photo with a pocket-size digital camera and was attracted by the subtle things such as the water sitting on the brim of the hat and the warm colors.
THIRD PLACE: Glen Hush Glen Hush of Boise has won multiple awards for his photography, including a grand prize in this contest in 2006. He captured this shot of an eagle watching its prey on snowy day on the Boise River.
YOUTH WNNER: Matthew DeLange Matthew DeLange, a 15-year-old sophomore at Timberline High, won his first photo contest with this picture of his friends jumping off rocks into the Boise River.
HONORABLE MENTION: Rob Hart Hikers near Scenic Lake
HONORABLE MENTION: Rob Hart Clouds over the Sawtooth Mountains
HONORABLE MENTION: Rita Flynn Clouds over Boise taken from Bogus Basin Road
HONORABLE MENTION: Richard Puzio Float tubing in October in Henrys Lake
HONORABLE MENTION: Walter J. Kaiser Sheep corral at Newman Creek in the Sawtooth National Forest.
HONORABLE MENTION: Walter J. Kaiser Field of wild flowers in the Boulder Mountains.
HONORABLE MENTION: Suz M. Hume Antelope in the Owyhees
HONORABLE MENTION: SuZ M. Hume Anna the dog stares down a camp chipmunk.
HONORABLE MENTION: Robert Whitlatch Blue heron composing himself on a snag in Kathryn Albertson Park.
HONORABLE MENTION: Scott Cornelison Winter sunrise on the Owyhee front
HONORABLE MENTION: Robert Fairey Black-Capped Chickadee at the MK Nature Center.
HONORABLE MENTION: Richard Puzio A Great Blue Heron in the Boise River near Barber Park.
HONORABLE MENTION: Rachel Howard Market at the Grove in Downtown Boise
HONORABLE MENTION: Paula Carollo Winter snowfall on the Boise River