Surpassing our expectations and any previous year’s
entries, FMT received more than 400 images from about 50 people for our 2003
photo contest! Thanks to everyone who contributed their best fire-related images
to this year’s competition.
We asked people to submit images in six categories:
Miscellaneous (fire effects, fire weather, fire-dependent
communities or species, etc.)
After the contest deadline, this year March 7th,
we evaluated and eliminated any technically flawed image, such as those with
soft focus or low resolution. Although eliminated, many of these images were
three judges reviewed, scored, and
ranked the remaining images based on traditional photography criteria. We
sincerely appreciate the time and skill that our judges gave to this effort!
They asked questions such as:
Is the composition skillful and dynamic?
Are the colors and patterns effective?
Does the image tell a story or convey a mood?
However, if the judges thought that only one or two images
in a category were award worthy, then they made only one or two awards in that
category—First, Second, or Third Place based on the merit of the image.
fire safety expert reviewed the winning images to ensure that they
did not show unsafe firefighting practices. If an unsafe practice was evident,
successively high ranked images were awarded.
Do you have an image that tells a story about wildland
you like to see your photo in print?
And the winners are:
First Place, Wildland Fire.
Second Place, Wildland Fire.
Place, Wildland Fire.
First Place, Prescribed Fire.
Second Place, Prescribed Fire.
Third Place, Prescribed Fire.
Second Place, Wildland–Urban
Place, Wildland–Urban Interface.
First Place, Aerial Resources.
Second Place, Aerial Resources.
Third Place, Aerial Resources.
First Place, Ground Resources.
Second Place, Ground Resources.
Third Place, Ground Resources.
Honorable Mention, Ground Resources.
First Place, Miscellaneous.
Second Place, Miscellaneous.
Third Place, Miscellaneous.