Winning image: Local photographer Darryl Lloyd took this image of Russell Lake and Mt. Jefferson last September. It was one of four winners in a national contest.
As of Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Darryl Lloyd was hungry, literally, for his latest prize-winning photo.
The Hood River photographer known for his images of his beloved Mt. Adams, was recently honored by the Wilderness Society as one of four winners in a national “We Are The Wild” photo contest to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
Lloyd and other winners received a copy of National Geographic photographer Peter Essick’s keepsake book, The Ansel Adams Wilderness. The top four winning entries will also be featured in a special edition collection of 50th anniversary note cards celebrating the beauty of wild landscapes, and are posted on the organization website.
Lloyd’s is a dramatic image of Russell Lake and Mt. Jefferson in the Jefferson Wilderness, taken in September 2013.
Lloyd tells the story behind the photo this way: “My twin brother, Darvel, and I backpacked into the far end of Jefferson Park on a cold, overcast day. Fresh snow had fallen the night before. We set up camp near Russell Lake and had started to eat dinner when the clouds began to clear around the mountain.
“We said to heck with dinner, grabbed our cameras and ran out into the open to start shooting. My best shots were taken at the edge of the lake toward the end of the sky show. No one else was around, except for one other photographer from Corvallis. He chose a different vantage point several hundred years away. We all finished a cold dinner together and marveled at our luck!”
Today there are more than 750 designated wilderness areas in the United States, including those pictured in the winning photos. Before the 1964 Wilderness Act, Americans did not have an official wilderness system or an official means by which to protect wilderness areas.
Written by The Wilderness Society’s Howard Zahniser, the Wilderness Act revolutionized wilderness protections when it was signed by Lyndon B. Johnson in September 1964.
The act created our National Wilderness Preservation System and gave Americans a way to designate future wilderness areas. It has made it possible for Americans to safeguard nearly 110 million acres (and counting) most pristine wildlands.