Eye-Catching Photography: 2021 Photo Contest Winners

1st place winner in Family Fun category. "Drive Home" by Natalie Heller, a San Miguel Power Association

Colorado Country Life readers certainly have an eye for catching and capturing Colorado’s finest moments: Everything from an owl couple sneaking a kiss to a magnificent and colorful Colorado summer sunset. The five categories for the 2021 Photo Contest were: Colorado Birds, Family Fun, My Stomping Grounds, The Golden Hour and the competition for the winning cover image.

We received photos from consumer-members representing all electric co-ops from all across the state; but narrowing down more than 750 photo entries to the winning 13 was no easy task. The cover image of the curious owl was photographed by David Dahms, a consumer-member of Poudre Valley REA. Below you’ll see the first, second and third place winners in all four categories.

You can find other favorite photos by clicking here. Be sure to check out a video featuring all the winners and honorable mentions on our YouTube channel at COCountryLife1. And enjoy more photos that were entered into the contest all year on our Facebook (COCountryLife) and Instagram (COCountryLife) pages.


2021 Cover Contest Winner

Submitted by David Dahms, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association

“Curious Burrowing Owlet”

My Stomping Grounds

1st Place: Submitted by Brian Allen, Intermountain Rural Electric Association

“Winter Moose”

2nd Place: Submitted by Angela Moyer, Delta-Montrose Electric Association

“Black Canyon Sunset”

3rd Place: Submitted by Jennifer Coombes, United Power

“Lake Husted Sunrise”

Colorado Birds

1st Place: Submitted by Debbie McCulliss, Yampa Valley Electric Association

“Burrowing Owl Couple”

2nd Place: Submitted by David Dahms, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association

“Wood Duck Drake”

3rd Place: Submitted by JR Schneizer, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association

“Heron with Nesting Material”

The Golden Hour

1st Place: Submitted by Alan Ziff, Sangre de Cristo Electric Association

“Red Fox Couple at Dawn”

2nd Place: Submitted by Pam Toepfer, San Isabel Electric Association

“Sunrise Over the Dunes”

3rd Place: Submitted by Laura Eichinger, Intermountain Rural Electric Association

“Sunset on Sunflower Field”

Family Fun

1st Place: Submitted by Natalie Heller, San Miguel Power Association

“The Drive Home”

2nd Place: Submitted by Laura Moorhead, Sangre de Cristo Electric Association

“Mom and Son Feeding their Horse”

3rd Place: Submitted by Jennifer Summers, Yampa Valley Electric Association

“Much Appreciated Snow Day”