Partners in Palo Duro Canyon Foundation
2024 Photo Contest Winning Entries

The 2024 Partners in Palo Duro Canyon Foundation Photography Contest was a huge success. We revived the popular contest after a brief hiatus. The Sad Monkey Mercantile graciously hosted the contest, and we received entries from 34 photographers from across Texas and one from Nashville, Tennessee. There were 85 beautiful photos, all taken in Palo Duro Canyon in 2022 and 2023. The categories were Wildlife, Plants, Landscapes, and People. Awards were given for first, second, and third place in all categories with one photo chosen from all the entries for Best of Show.

The judging was open to the public, and we had 138 individuals who came throughtout the day to participate in the judging. Best of Show was chosen by the oganizing committee and the Board of Partners in Palo Duro Canyon Foundation.

We owe a great deal of gratitude to Sad Monkey Mercantile and its employees for graciously hosting our contest and providing the prize for Best in Show, a one-night stay in a Dove’s Rest cabin. We are also grateful for Bernice Blansingame, our former PDC Park Interpreter, who returned from retirement to chair the photo contest committee. We plan to continue holding an annual photography contest in the coming years and urge you to come to the Park to hike and bike or to simply enjoy our beautiful Canyon and take photos to submit next year. Thank you for your support.

Karen Copeland, Board Member


1st – Linda Drake

2nd – Ashley Campbell

3rd – Janice Allen


1st – Reynold Brookens

2nd – Mike Inman

3rd – Stephen Anderson


1st – Vicki Walmarth

2nd – Vicki Walmarth

3rd – Ashley Campbell


1st – Stacy Wilson

2nd – D’Lynn St. John

3rd – Terry Brandt

Best in Show

Charles Knowles