A shadowy image of Mount Baker at sunrise was the winning photo in the first Whidbey Camano Land Trust Calendar Photo Contest.
The image, shot by Camano Island photographer Kevin English as he looked across Utsalady Bay, was one of 325 submitted by 65 different people for the contest that featured scenery and wildlife on Whidbey and Camano islands.
“It definitely surpassed my expectations,” said Janelle Castro, outreach manager for the land trust who started the photo contest. “For the first year, you never know how it’s going to go.”
Thirteen images were selected by a panel of judges to be displayed prominently in the 2015 Whidbey Camano Land Trust calendar.
English’s shot will grace the cover of the calendar, while the others will be shown each month of the year.
The images capture the seasons and scenic landscapes of Whidbey and Camano islands, as well as some wildlife.
“There are three bird photos,” Castro said.
English’s shot was picked as the cover photo because it embodied the characteristics of Whidbey and Camano the judges were looking for, Castro said.
“It really captures island life,” she said. “You have water. You have a boat. You have mountains. You have the forest there. It’s sunrise. All of those components capture so much of the natural beauty here on the islands that we all cherish.”
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
The plan is for the calendar to be ready in time for the land trust’s anniversary celebration Aug. 16 at the Camp Casey Conference Center in Coupeville.
To help pay for the calendar, businesses from all over Island County are sponsoring different pages.