WILDERNESS -- Mountain goats grace the winning image in the 2016 Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness photo contest.
"It should be noted that Leslie Kiebert’s winning photo of a mountain goat nanny and kid in the was taken with a telephoto lens," said Sandy Compton, contest organizer. The friends group has been working to educate hikers heading up Trail 65 to refrain from "taming" the mountain goats that usually greet visitors on the top of Scotchman Peak.
Kiebert’s photo was judged best of the entries for 2016 by Facebook Friends of Scotchman Peaks, outnumbering all other “likes” by a margin of 3 to 1. Kiebert will receive a print of her photo matted and framed by Ward Tolbom of Hen’s Tooth Gallery in Sandpoint. Kiebert grew up in Hope and was also the 2016 winner of the FSPW essay scholarship contest for Clark Fork High School.
Contest runners are Jeff Meeker for his image of a snow-laden Scotchman Peak approach with Lake Pend Oreille in the background and Ken Vanden Heuvel for his dawn light picture of Horseshoe Lake and Vertigo Ridge. They will receive some Scotchman Peaks wearables.
The Scotchman Peaks Photo Contest is an annual event. The 2017 contest opened Nov. 1 and will end on Oct. 31.