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Fallon resident wins Nevada Magazine’s Great Nevada Picture Hunt

“Lonely Sunrise”: Nevada Magazine’s 2008 Great Nevada Picture Hunt Grand Prize winner. Photo by Mike SevonFallon resident Mike Sevon is the Grand Prize winner in Nevada Magazine's 31st annual Great Nevada Picture Hunt, the feature story in the publication's September/October issue.

The winning image, “Lonely Sunrise,” was taken at Pyramid Lake last December. A large tent, set up by Sevon as a warming hut for fellow members of the Truckee River Flyfishers club, glows in the foreground as a burning-orange sunrise lightens the dark dawn. For added effect, the planet Mars can be seen shining in the early morning sky.

Sevon, who worked for the Nevada Department of Wildlife for 36 years, holds a special place in his heart for the desert lake. He did work there in the early '70s while attending University of Nevada, Reno and has kept going back ever since. Mike Sevon hard at work in Death Valley National Park.“I have a spiritual connection to it,” he said. “It's the most beautiful lake in the world.”

In addition to the Grand Prize, photographers were judged in five different categories: City Limits, Wide Open, Living, People, and Events.

The People winner, Deanna Esplin of Spring Creek, also won second place overall with her photo, “Flyfisher.” She captured her husband, Todd, in his backswing as he tried his luck near the South Fork Reservoir in Spring Creek. The picture evokes a peaceful mood as clouds, mountains, sagebrush, and the river fill the canvas. Esplin also won the Wide Open category with “Long Dusty Road.”

Deanna Esplin,
Spring Creek
Janice Phillips, from Las Vegas, won the Events category and took third place overall with her captivating image, “Let the Sparks Fly,” which depicts a Fourth of July fireworks show behind the Stratosphere Tower, a Vegas icon.

The other category winners are: City Limits—Maria Coulson, Reno, “Pioneer Center”; and Living—Jodi Esplin, Spring Creek, “Happiness is

  • Posted by Bethany Drysdale on September 02nd, 2008