Life’s Expressions: 2022 Photo Contest Winners

"Palisade in Bloom" by Rod Martinez

Mark Twain once said, “You can’t depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus.” Colorado Country Life readers stepped up to the challenge to use their imaginations and focused their camera lenses on Life’s Expressions.

We received more than 340 photos that creatively captured the four categories of this year’s photo contest: Awestruck, Pure Enjoyment, Nostalgia and Hometown Pride. These moments and expressions showed up in photos of faces and fun; through the vast beauty of Colorado; in gatherings; in the air and on solid ground; and in memories and scenes of days past.

Find the winning photos in all four categories below and see for yourself how these moments were brought to life.

Congratulations to all the winning photographers, including Frank Morgan, Buena Vista, who photographed an intense staredown with a curious and confident fox that graces this issue’s cover.

Check out CCL on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram to view the winning photos, runners-up and many other entries that we received during the course of the contest.

2022 Cover Contest Winner


Submitted by Frank Morgan, Westcliffe, a Sangre de Cristo Electric Association consumer-member

Category: Awestruck

“The Monarch”

1st Place: Natalie Heller, Ridgway, San Miguel Power Association consumer-member

“Danger Zone”

2nd Place: Emilie Gunderson, Windsor, Poudre Valley REA consumer-member

“Majestic Bird”

3rd Place: Kevin Fettig, Loveland, Poudre Valley REA consumer-member

Category: Pure Enjoyment

“Silly Grands, Nacho Average Mimi”

1st Place: Debby King, Pueblo West, San Isabel Electric consumer-member

“Splish Splash”

2nd Place: Jessie Heath, Ovid, Highline Electric Association consumer-member

“Head in the Clouds”

3rd Place: Jamison Paul, Severance, Poudre Valley REA consumer-member

Category: Hometown Pride

“Palisade in Bloom”

1st Place: Rod Martinez, Grand Junction, Grand Valley Power consumer-member

“Halloween Stroll Steamboat”

Jennifer Summers, Steamboat Springs, Yampa Valley Electric Association consumer-member

“La Veta Fourth of July Parade”

3rd Place: Jim Lambert, Walsenburg, San Isabel Electric Association consumer-member

Category: Nostalgia

“Days Past”

1st Place: Deanna Howard, McLean, Texas, San Isabel Electric Association consumer-member

“Going to the Movies”

2nd Place: Kimberly Randall, Buena Vista, Sangre de Cristo Electric Association consumer-member

“Years Ago”

3rd Place: Donnell Allen, Colorado Springs, Mountain View Electric Association consumer-member