Summit County writer/photographer Maryann Gaug wins awards |

Summit County writer/photographer Maryann Gaug wins awards

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Maryann Gaug won first place for this photograph, “Mine-Tainted Waters,” in the photography events category.
Maryann Gaug / Special to the Daily |

Silverthorne resident Maryann Gaug won a number of awards, including two first place honors, in this year’s photography and writing contest held by Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers.

Gaug won first place for her photograph “Mine-Tainted Waters” in the photography events category, and another first for her article “Autumn Reflections” in the unpublished written works category. Of the article, writing judge Mary Taylor Young of Castle Rock, wrote, “A nice evocation of enjoying the Colorado outdoors and tying it into personal revelations and universal themes.”

In the photography events category, Gaug won third place for “After the Forest Fire,” and she took another third for her article “The Comfort Zone” in the newspaper and magazine articles and columns category. She also received two honorable mentions for “Red Columbine” in Flora and “Cecilia and Red Mountain” in People in the Outdoors categories. Regarding “The Comfort Zone” article, Young wrote, “Nice interweaving of a travelogue with the author’s personal experiences and motivations.”

There were close to 450 entries in the contest, and awards were presented at the organization’s annual conference last month at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

Formed in 1973, Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers is an organization of professional and semi-professional photographers, writers, cinematographers, artists and others who specialize in outdoor subjects, ranging from fishing and hunting to hiking and exploring public lands, with an emphasis on activities in the Rocky Mountains.

Each year the organization holds a conference at various locations throughout the Rocky Mountain region. The 2017 conference is planned in Sierra Vista, Arizona, April 23-26, with details available at the group’s website,

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