After three weeks of rigorously rating and ranking hundreds of photos submitted for our annual photo contest , we’re pleased to announce our 2018 grand prize winner: “Chugach” by Matt Meisenheimer of Janesville, Wisconsin!
Matt took this photograph after wrapping up a photo workshop in Lake Clark National Park. No stranger to Alaska (he worked at Denali National Park as a biologist), Matt used Google Earth to scout this location in the Chugach National Forest. In person the landscape was even more impressive. As Matt wrote in an Instagram  post, “The area was absolutely amazing; jagged peaks, glaciers, waterfalls everywhere. I was right on the edge of a cliff so I had an amazing view down into the valley. Definitely one of best views of my life.”
We award the grand prize to the photo that best depicts Alaska’s spectacular wildlife, scenery, people, rail travel, or adventure. Matt’s photo captured not just the variegated beauty of the state, but that dreamy sort of awe that its landscapes inspire.
Thank you to everyone who shared photos of their visit to Alaska with us this year!
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