Zion Ponderosa Photo Contest | Horseback Riding

Zion Ponderosa Photo Contest Winners

Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort would like to thank all of the contestants who entered our photo contest. Huge congratulations to our winners! We had hundreds of entries, and it was exhilarating to see Zion Ponderosa and Zion National Park through your eyes. There were so many great photographs entered that we decided to also award some smaller prizes to six runners up.


Zion Ponderosa Photo Contest | Horseback Riding
Makenna Lawson
“My parents and I were walking down to the stables and corrals on our first day at the Ranch. As we were taking a look at the horses, I saw a wrangler (who I would later come to know as Missy, a new-found friend of mine) walking back from exercising Prince. I took the photo and realized how well it showed the “life of a rancher.” My decision to submit this photo is based purely on the luck of the shot, and what it represents to me, the life I’ve always dreamed of living.”

Western Wagons Zion Ponderosa | Photo Contest Winner
Naser Tamimi
“I took this photo on September 24, 2016. I booked the wagon that you see in the photo for that one night. I took this photo with my Nikon D600 (with standard lens, f4.2, ISO 3200 and exposure 20 sec). As you may know, there is a limited time each year to take photo like this. First, the Milky Way can only be seen in summer. In addition, when the moon shines, we cannot take photo of the Milky Way. So we should do it before moonrise (like what I did) or before moonset, especially on the days that the moon is not full (like Sept. 24). Add clouds to the equation and you see that I was very lucky to take that photo. I was also lucky that a car passed the same moment that I was taking photo. Because of the light by a passing car, my wagon was not underexposed. So, I was so lucky there.”



Zion Narrows Zion Ponderosa Photo Contest
Andre Schwabe

Zion Night Sky Zion Ponderosa Photo Contest
Tim Hanko
“Photo was taken September 2015 from the Zion museum parking lot. It was taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with a 12mm lens. The main effort for photos like this is always being out late or up early. Exposure time was 20 seconds with the lens wide open. The light on the Watchman and other peaks is the reflected light from Springdale.”

Tim will be returning to Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort for a two-night stay.



Horseback Riding Zion Ponderosa Photo Contest runner up
Becky Friar
“This photo was taken on a Zion horseback riding tour at Ponderosa looking out at Zion National Park. It was taken on November 21, 2016.”

Dining Zion Ponderosa Photo Contest
Jeremy Bringhurst
“We have two boys, ages 10 and 11 and camping out at [Zion Ponderosa Ranch] resort is their favorite place to be. And mom and dad don’t mind chilling in the hot tub either. We are St. George natives and love to frequent your place. Thanks for the consideration! That is my 11-year-old son Zion in the picture. And one of the things that makes camping at your resort so nice is the accommodations with great food and clean spaces. Makes camping a little bit more enjoyable for everybody.”

Zion Ridge Zion Ponderosa Photo Contest
Dave Blatzman
Sisters at Zion Ridge, Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort


Zion National Park Angels Landing Zion Ponderosa Photo Contest
Jacob Stuckey:
“The photo was taken on August 14th around 9 am. Our group started hiking at 6:30 a.m. from the trailhead in Zion Canyon and we were the first ones to Observation Point. On the way up we saw a group of bighorn sheep and were the only people on the trail this early. I love that this photo shows the depth of Zion Canyon with Angels Landing protruding into the picture. The colors are also quite amazing!”

Canyoneering Rappelling Zion Ponderosa Photo Contest
Jill McWillis
“The picture was taken on my phone by my friend and it’s me and my husband in the picture. This photo is of us rappelling in Zion’s Pine Creek.”

Zion National Park Zion Ponderosa Photo Contest
Maureen Ramer


Our photo contest is now closed, but stay tuned for future opportunities!


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