Quick Q&A – Our 2018 Photo Contest Winner

Several of the finalist photographs in our 2018 photo contest were shot by casual photographers, but it turned out that our winning photo came from a professional. Matt Meisenheimer specializes in landscape photography. He travels extensively in his search for beautiful vistas and because of that frequently finds his way to Alaska. Here’s what he has to say about his winning photo “Chugach” and traveling in Alaska.


Where’d you take the photo?

I’d rather not disclose the specific location, but I can tell you that this photo was taken somewhere in the Prince William Sound. I scouted this area on Google Earth and it looked like there was an excellent opportunity for a unique composition. When I got to this spot in person, I was blown away. Waterfalls, jagged mountains, glaciers, wildflowers…a classic Alaskan landscape. It was the greatest scene I have witnessed in person.

When were you here and what brought you this time?

I was here in June 2018. I spent most of my Alaska trip in Lake Clark National Park photographing the iconic coastal brown bear population at the park. After the trip, I headed over to the Prince William Sound and did some exploring.

You’ve spent a lot of time in Alaska. Do you have a favorite moment or memory (or place) from your travels in the state?

I was fortunate enough to work in Denali National Park for a season, and I have amazing memories from that experiences. I think my favorite memory is seeing Denali (Mt. McKinley) from Stony Dome for the first time. Denali is often enshrouded in clouds and it’s hard to see the mountain in all its glory. The first time you do see it, especially from Stony Dome, it’s just an amazing thing to witness. I’ve never seen a mountain so big, but then again, everything in Alaska is on a bigger scale.

And because you’re such a seasoned Alaska traveler, what advice do you have for first-time visitors coming here in 2019? 

I spend a lot of time exploring the backcountry when I am in Alaska, so my piece of advice is to do your research and be prepared for anything. Alaska is a very rugged and wild place. The weather is often bad and can stay bad for long periods of time. Thus, if you’re backpacking or doing something adventurous during your trip, you need to make sure you have all the gear you need and more. Make sure you have emergency plans in place and be prepared to be stuck somewhere for multiple days. If you are prepared though and can endure, the payoff that Alaska offers is bar none. It is my favorite place in the world.


We’ll open our 2019 Alaska Tour & Travel Photo Contest at the beginning of the summer travel season. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates. We can’t wait to see what you submit!


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