State of the Environment Photo Contest Winners

Lacombe County is proud to announce the winners of our 2018 State of the Environment Photo Contest. We received so many amazing shots, but these were the winning submissions for this year. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos for our contest!

First Place – Vicki Heidt

Second Place - Ron Prins

Third Place - Jon Pfenghanssi

First Place – Vicki Heidt
My Grandpa was the one who introduced me to photography; he always had a camera. Of the pictures I’ve taken, this was one of his favourites because it was taken in a spot that was special to him and shows a part of what made this piece of
land so special to him. It was the joy he got taking a simple picture that influenced me, and like many of us from the farm, the land holds a special place in our mind and hearts. Combine
the two, and you have landscape photography, which is my love. This type of photography allows me to capture natures beauty and gives me the opportunity to share what I’ve seen.

I currently live on the east side of Lacombe County, northwest of Mirror, on land that my family settled more than 100 years ago. I went university to study Range and Pasture Management. Since then, I’ve been able to work in my field of study in all the prairie provinces and British Columbia. I’m a self-professed plant geek; just ask my sister about the time we were at Mt. Rushmore. I kept talking about the plants that were growing, and at one point she turned to me and said: "Vicki, you don’t come here to look down at what's at your feet.

Second Place - Ron Prins

“I was born and raised in the county, and have lived and worked in many parts of the world throughout my working career, and then spent the last 25 years doing business right here in this area. Since retiring a few years ago, one of my favorite hobbies has been observing and photographing the incredible beauty that is everywhere around us! I love the freedom to "hunt" for nature and landscape shots year around with just a driver's license. The amazing capabilities of modern digital cameras, equipment, and software have enabled us to open up whole new dimensions of observation. I just wish I was a little younger to take advantage of this technology a lot longer. I have so much to learn and observe! But, in the meantime, I'm going to get out in all seasons, under all weather and light conditions, to try and capture those incredible "moments that are out there for the taking" all over in nature - on the farm, in the sky, and even at night! We live right here at Gull Lake, within minutes of the beautiful Parkland, the majestic Rockies, and the incredible Prairies!

Third Place - Jon Pfenghanssi

"I live in Blackfalds, and I'm strictly a hobbyist where my photography is concerned. I have a passion for wildlife and personal connections with my subjects. It's always a huge thrill to meet an animal that wants to connect with you. I work in geophysical instrumentation, primarily in manufacturing and testing."