Photo Contest

An Annual Tradition

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Photography Contest

In what has become a tradition, each year the CBWF holds a photography contest throughout July open to all visitors exploring wildflowers in Crested Butte that summer. Selected by our Staff & Board of Directors, winners receive prizes, and all submissions have the chance to be featured in our marketing and social media! Guidelines & recent winners are below.

Congratulations to our 2023 Photo Contest winners! With  495 entries this year, this certainly was not an easy decision. Thank you to each and every participant for helping us promote the importance of wildflower & wildlife preservation through the beauty of your work. We cannot wait to display the winning photos on our website and share hundreds more on our social media throughout the year.

Congratulations, 2023 Photo Contest Winners!

1st Place: David Kish

2nd Place: Kathy Krucker

3rd Place: Marilyn Rodman

Honorable Mention: Morganne Leigh

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival


  • Please limit entries to your 10 favorite photographs
  • Please include the location of the photograph
  • Photographs submitted must have been taken in the Gunnison/ Crested Butte Valley during 2023
  • Email entries to
  • Use “Photo Contest Entry – your First and Last Name” as the entry subject line
  • Photos must be your own original work
  • Photos should include growing flowers – not picked!
  • We love submissions featuring bees, butterflies, birds, people, CBWF Tours, gardens, etc.
  • Only photos submitted between July 1- August 1, 2023 via our email will be considered for the contest.
  • Announcements of the winners will be made by September 1st, 2023 (unless otherwise communicated) after the Board of Directors and Staff have voted.

Please Note: When you submit a photo to the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival Photography Contest you agree to allow the Festival to utilize your photo in our online and print media including social media, email marketing, and print advertising.

Thank You!

Thank you again to everyone who participated in the 2023 Photo Contest!  Thank you also to our staff, Board of Directors, and the talented Eric Phillips for taking the time to thoughtfully look through all the submissions. Congratulations once more to our winners! Keep an eye on our social media as we highlight more photos submitted this year (Facebook & Insta @CrestedButteWildflowerFestival).