Cover Photo Contest

About the Contest

Sun streams across a forest trail
This is the contest winner for the 2019-2020 Oregon Blue Book front cover. Enlarge image
The Oregon Blue Book sponsors a cover photo contest open to all amateur photographers who are Oregon residents. The photos must be taken in Oregon. 

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About the 2019-2020 Cover Contest Winner 

“Light at the End of the Tunnel, Hike to Pittock Mansion, Portland” was taken by Meridith Allen

Meridith's Description

I took this photo while hiking the Wildwood Trail up to Pittock Mansion. The sun was filtering through the trees at just the right moment. The photo was taken with my iPhone 6S. 

I have been living in Portland, Oregon for the past 16 years and am originally from New York. I have fallen in love with hiking and paddle boarding around the Pacific Northwest and try to capture the natural beauty of our mountains, rivers and lakes in pictures. 

I live in Multnomah Village with my husband and our chocolate lab. I’ve been working at the Portland Veterans Administration Hospital for the past 11 years as a social worker on the acute psychiatry unit.

About the 2019-2020 Back Cover Contest Winner

This is the contest winner for the 2019-2020 Oregon Blue Book back cover. Enlarge image
“Art Along the Rogue, Grants Pass” was taken by Susan Sheets

Susan's Description

For 17 years, street artists and musicians have gathered for a weekend in downtown Grants Pass for “Art Along the Rogue” to share their art and music with the community. It’s a three-day art walk, block party and street fair. You can walk the closed-off streets and see the chalk art creations take shape, coloring the streets and also take in some great music. 

I took this shot on the last day of the festival in October 2017. I’d made a second visit to the festival, so I could see more of the finished artwork. It was one of those impossibly blue-sky Southern Oregon days. I shot it with my Olympus EM5 MarkII mirrorless camera and 12-40mm pro lens at 19mm.

I have been an enthusiastic amateur photographer for the past seven years and am a fairly recent transplant to Southern Oregon, though Southern Oregon has been a part of my life on and off for 30 years. I have learned a great deal from the community of photographers in Grants Pass and Portland by participating in photography clubs in both cities. 

Now retired from my job at the Portland Water Bureau, I am finding lots of time to pursue my two favorite hobbies: photography and gardening, and enjoying wonderful community activities like Art Along the Rogue.