Aspen Photo Challenge starts Saturday |

Aspen Photo Challenge starts Saturday

The second annual Aspen Photo Challenge, pitting 15 Roaring Fork Valley professional photographers against one another in a competition to capture early summer in Aspen, begins Saturday.

The contest runs through June 10, culminating with an awards party at the Wheeler Opera House on Sunday, June 11.

The Challenge is presented by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association in association with Outside Magazine. Photographers will compete by submitting five photographs in three categories, shot during the given time frame in Aspen and its environs.

This year’s participating photographers are Seth Beckton, Dirk Braun, C2 Photography (Emily Chaplin and Chris Council), David Clifford, Jordan Curet, Jeremy Joseph, Robert Millman, Ben Moscona, Shawn O’Connor, Devin Pool, Matt Power, Jeremy Swanson, Craig Turpin, Draper White and Kristin Wright.

The 2017 judges are Anderson Ranch Arts Center photography director Andrea Wallace, Aspen native renowned photographer and filmmaker Peter McBride and Outside Magazine associate editor Jakob Schiller.

An exhibition of images from the challenge will open, and winners will be announced, at the Aspen Photo Challenge Awards on June 11. Running from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wheeler, the event is free and open to the public. Complimentary beer and cocktails will be provided by Aspen Brewing Co. and Woody Creek Distillers.

In addition to the judge’s selection, a crowd-favorite prize will be selected by online voting. The online contest will launch Monday, June 12 at The public is invited to vote for their favorite image every day, once a day until June 26. The chamber will announce the winning image and photographer June 27.

This year, the contest has added two categories open to the general public. Any interested participant may enter by posting their personal photography taken in Aspen from May 27 to June 10 on Instagram, and tagging their images with #AspenPhotoChallenge (for those ages 18 and over) or #AspenPhotoChallenge18 (for those under the age of 18). The winner for the 18-and-over category will win a cash prize of $250, and the winner for the under-18 category will win a cash prize of $100.

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