Fifth annual Scenic Photo Contest: Amateurs find fulfillment and fun in the art of scenic photography | Slideshow

Flooding was on Bill Cottringer’s mind as he sat in his Riverbend living room, watching the flakes start to stick on the stones of the South Fork.

“I wonder how bad this is going to get?” Cottringer thought to himself. So, before the storm got worse—soon, the snow, ice and wind would contribute to major local havoc—Cottringer grabbed his Canon 5-D Mark II and tripod and headed outside to snap the scene.

“It begged to be captured at once,” he told the Record.

Cottringer’s image of a snow-dappled South Fork, in which moving snow mingles with the river scenery, was selected as the first place winner by Valley Record staff for the newspaper’s Fifth Annual Scenic Photo Contest. He wins a stay at the Salish Lodge and Spa.

For Cottringer, as for other participating amateurs, photography brings immense meaning, fulfillment and fun. Cottringer said he captures “God’s beauty, which is everywhere just for the looking—even in scenes that I see everyday.” He uses his photos in self-help and success books that he writes, “to exemplify the saying a ‘picture is worth a thousand words.’”

North Bend photographer Dan Williams, with his image of morning on Rattlesnake Lake, is the second place winner. He receives a two-hour shadow/mentoring session with local photographer Mary Miller.

Kristi Madsen-Cason of Snoqualmie is the third place winner, for her nighttime shot of the Snoqualmie Depot during spring. She wins a Vanguard camera bag, courtesy of Omega Photo of Bellevue.

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