Over 550 photos were submitted for our 2010 Alaska Travel Photo Contest . Our staff and several other Alaska travel industry managers have spent the last month judging which photo would be selected from among many amazing photos depicting Alaska’s wildlife, scenery, people, and adventure. This year the photograph Denali Cow and Calf in Amber by Edward Krumanaker has been selected as the Contest’s grand prize winner.
Ed Krumanaker is a resident of Eagle River, Alaska  and came to Alaska with the U.S. Air Force in 1989. When I spoke to Ed, he explained that he knew soon after arriving in Alaska that he wasn’t ever going to leave and he told his wife that as well shortly afterwards. She agreed, and Ed has since retired from the Air Force. Ed works part time as a Physicians Assistant but his passion is photography and traveling in Alaska. The Krumaker’s spends most of Alaska’s long summer days exploring their favorite places such as Homer , the Kenai National Wilderness Refuge near Cooper Landing , and Denali National Park . Originally from Northern Wisconsin, Ed is comfortable in cold weather and loves to photograph winter’s Northern Lights but says that in recent year’s it has been difficult to do so as atmospheric conditions have reduced the aurora activity so there hasn’t been very many sightings.
Ed took the photo of the moose cow and calf in Denali National Park at dusk, allowing the evening sun to provide the amber glow highlighted in the photo. As the winner of the contest, Ed will receive a one ounce gold medallion valued at approximately $1500 minted in Anchorage at The Alaska Mint .