As most of you know, we cancelled all but one of our 2020 Summer Programs at Buffalo Peaks Ranch, due to covid concerns. However, we still encouraged people to explore the ranch and river, and had several safe volunteer workdays.

With social distancing as a prerequisite, we also launched our first Buffalo Peaks Ranch Photo Contest. Sixty photographers visited the ranch over the summer, and submitted so many wonderful images. Thanks to everyone who took part!

Picking just three winners was nearly impossible, but here they are!

First Place Winner: Drain by Mark Bellncula/Lume Machina Project.

Mark Bellncula uses a combination of pre-programmed drones with LED lights to create massive 3-D sculptures in the sky. For more on Mark’s work, and the Lume Machina Project, be sure to visit his website!

Second Place Winner: The Essence by Vince Matthews.

We have never seen Buffalo Peaks Ranch from this perspective, especially how Vince Matthews’ photograph takes in the Middle Fork of the South Platte River, and the Mosquito Range on the horizon. Vince Matthews is Colorado’s former State Geologist, and has taught Field Geology classes at the ranch in the past!

Third Place Winner: Milky Way by Kirsty Saalfrank

Kirsty Saalfrank has taken taken part in Ranch Workshops in the past, and was excited to return this summer with her camera. Like many, Kirsty camped out to catch the best light. We’re so glad the Milky Way was so visible the night she was there!

Thanks again to everyone who took part in our first Buffalo Peaks Ranch Photo Contest, with special thanks to our Judges: artist & filmmaker Eileen Roscina Richardson, photographer Ben Sherrill, and Krista Hanley of Coors Western Art/National Western Stock Show.

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