Fire Management Today received 115 images from 26 people for our 2011 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:
· Wildland fire
· Prescribed fire
· Wildland-urban interface fire
· Aerial resources
· Ground resources
· Miscellaneous (fire effects, fire weather, fire-dependent communities or species, etc.)
After the contest deadline (December 2, 2011), we evaluated the submissions and eliminated all technically flawed images, such as those with date stamps or low resolution. Despite technical flaws, many of these images were otherwise outstanding.
Next, two fire safety experts reviewed the images to ensure that they did not show unsafe firefighting practices (unless that was their purpose). If an unsafe practice was evident, we disqualified the image from competition.
Lastly, three judges reviewed, scored, and ranked the remaining images based on traditional photography criteria. 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?
And the winners are:
First Place, Wildland Fire.
Second Place, Wildland Fire.
Third Place, Wildland Fire.
Honorable Mention, Wildland Fire.
First Place, Prescribed Fire.
Second Place, Prescribed Fire.
Third Place, Prescribed Fire.
First Place, Wildland–Urban
Second Place, Wildland–Urban
Place, Wildland–Urban Interface.
Honorable Mention, Wildland Urban Interface.
First Place, Ground Resources.
First Place, Aerial Resources
Second Place, Aerial Resources.
Third Place, Aerial Resources.
First Place, Miscellaneous.
Second Place, Miscellaneous.
Third Place, Miscellaneous.
Honorable Mention, Miscellaneous.