Sean Kukowski, who captured a thrilling 2009 summer lightning storm over the Reno area, is the grand prize winner of Nevada Magazine’s 33rd annual Great Nevada Picture Hunt, the feature story in the publication’s September/October issue.
The winning image, titled “Reno Lightning,” was taken from a hillside off Pyramid Highway.
“This storm took me by surprise,” Kukowski said in a press release. “It had some of the most impressive lightning I have ever seen.”
In addition to the grand prize, photographers were judged in five different categories: city limits, wide open, adventure, people and events. All the 2010 category winners are Nevada residents, including Las Vegas’ Bill Gerrard, who won the city limits category and took runner-up in the events category. Gerrard’s winning photo is of the tram that connects CityCenter to other Strip resorts.
Ellen Sargent, from Indian Springs, swept the people category with sepia images taken at the Overland Ranch in Ruby Valley. The subject of the winning image, Len Wines, was captured during his final branding at the 137-year-old ranch. The runner-up image is of Len’s grandson, Pat, from the same branding.
Other winners are Reno resident Michael Horsley (wide open, “Incline Night Shot”) for his nighttime winter overview of Incline Village; Reno’s Krista Williams (adventure, “Hidden Beach Paddle Surfers”) for her intriguing photo of two paddle surfers taken from the shore of Lake Tahoe; and Ralph Willits of Las Vegas (events, “Shot Show”) for capturing a leaping dog at an annual hunting and outdoors trade show.
To view the winning images, pick up the latest issue where magazines are sold or visit www.nevadamagazine.com. Look for an ad in a future 2011 issue covering rules of submission for the 2011 contest, or check back at the website.