Amateur photographers highlight the best of Idaho

Hundreds of amateur photographers captured all the things we love most about Idaho’s outdoors — the scenery, the wildlife and the fun — for this year’s Idaho Outdoors/Idaho Camera photo contest.

Four expert judges pored over 305 photos to find the five winners and the roughly two dozen honorable mentions featured here.

“All of these images we had in this contest, people should take (them) and frame them and put them on their wall,” said Idaho Camera owner Pat Nagel, one of the judges. “I mean, they’re that good.”

The 2015 winners

Grand prize: Charles Knowles

First place: Jim Shane

Second place: Karen Lowery

Third place: Dan Mottaz

Youth: Anna Gable

Check out the best from past years

2014 contest

2013 contest

2012 contest

2011 contest

2010 contest

2009 contest

An inside look at the judging process