Photo of Pyramid Peak and the Maroon Bells

“Pyramid and Bells,” by Charles Engelbert of New Castle, an alumnus of CMC’s photo program, received second place in the professional category in CMC’s photo contest.

Photo of skier at A-Basin

“A-Basin East Wall in a Wind Storm,” by Reid Neuriter of Denver, won first place in the amateur category in CMC’s photo contest..

Following a summer of photo submissions, Colorado Mountain College recently named the winners of its photo contest, “The Elevated Life,” images that capture the essence of life and learning in the CMC district and service area. The contest was part of CMC’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.

Photographs were chosen in three categories – amateur, professional and mobile – and were selected by three award-winning photographers, guided by members of the public who voted for their favorite images via the contest’s website.

The top three winners in each category are:

Photo of first place winner of photo contest, of aspen leaves

“Winter’s Elements,” by Kane Engelbert of Highlands Ranch, received first place in the professional category.

  • Professional: Kane Engelbert, Highlands Ranch (first place); Charles Engelbert, New Castle (second); Kane Engelbert (third)
  • Amateur: Reid Neuriter, Denver (first place); Devon O’Neil, Breckenridge (second); Melinda Schroeder, Sequim, Wash. (third)
  • Mobile: Ashley Ojala, Dillon (first place); Kirsten Gilb, Frisco (second); Emily Hines, Steamboat Springs (third)

Contest judges were Derek Johnston, director of the professional photography program at CMC’s Isaacson School; and award-winning photographers John Fielder of Silverthorne and Tyler Stableford of Carbondale.

The contest began June 20 and was open for entries through Aug. 6. To view the top five winners in each category, go to