Photo Shootout Winners – 2016

Best of Show – Louis Kamler – “Another Tequila Sunrise” – #26

Best of Show - Another Tequila Sunrise

Best of Show – Another Tequila Sunrise


[Numbers refer to display placement at the museum in the show]

Theme Division

Amateur 1st Place – Aubrey Janowicz – “Saddle Maker” – #64

Amateur 2nd Place – Sienna Ratieta – “Boots & Bling” – #49

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Louis Kamler – “Orion’s Belt Buckle Bling” – #24

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – R. Gary Dow – “7th U.S. Cavalry” – #36

Professional 1st Place – Natalie Heller – “Charro Spurs” – #12

Professional 2nd Place – Gay VanderLinden – “Mud Buckles” – #5

Landscape – Open Division

Amateur 1st Place – Stewart Redmond – “Dry Fork Dreams” – #68

Amateur 2nd Place – Sienna Ratieta – “Whale Head Rock” – #53

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Louis Kamler – “Caldera Morning” – #28

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – Jay Stocks – “The Oxbow” – #23

Pro 1st Place – Rod Martinez – “Blue Canyon” – #7

Pro 2nd Place – Cindy Skimming – “Beautiful Trees” – #16

People – Open Division

Amateur 1st Place – Eliza Stocks – “Jungle Joe” – #57

Amateur 2nd Place – Kellie Shepherd – “O Pescador” – #47

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Jay Stocks – “Stephanie” – #25

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – Chad Hamblin – “The Lookout” – #21

Pro 1st Place – Kimberly Christensen – “Tired” – #9

Pro 2nd Place – Gay VanderLinden – “Grandma Watches” – #2

Honorable Mention – Natalie Heller – “Waiting for the Call” – #1

Flora/Fauna – Open Division

Amateur 1st Place – Layne Wardell – “Aspen Leaves” – #70

Amateur 2nd Place – Ryan Kelly – “Worthy Opponent” – #52

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Louis Kamler – “Blood Brothers” – #42

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – R. Gary Dow – “Rain Lilly” – #44

Pro 1st Place – Rod Martinez – “Simple Tulip” – #18

Pro 2nd Place – Tamra Ratieta – “Great Horned Owlets” – #6

Honorable Mention – Cindy Skimming – “Elk in Fog” – #14

2016 Winners

2016 Winners

Our Juror,

Pretty blond girl

Amber Rust is the owner of Two Color Photography in Brigham City.  Although she has been in business for 15 years, her interest in photography started over 16 years ago at the birth of her first daughter. 

Amber grew up in the printing industry working at her father’s printing business from the time she was tall enough to see over the collating table. After graduating from Uintah High School she went to Utah State University where she worked at Utah State University’s Conferencing Division as a graphic designer for 4 years.  She then took on the role of graphic designer for Cache Valley Parents magazine which was later renamed Top Of Utah Families.  Through her work at Top of Utah Families, Amber began using her own pictures in the magazine when it was hard to find stock photos that fit into the tight budget of a small magazine. 

Amber shot her first two weddings 13 years ago using a film camera.  She bought her first Digital SLR after her second wedding and hasn’t looked back since.  Her business has now evolved from photographing two weddings a year to retiring her wedding photography line and choosing to specialize in newborn and family photography.  She has a custom designed newborn studio in her home.  Newborn sessions are her most frequently photographed sessions with babies and children taking a close second! In 2016 Two Color Photography added 5 associate photographers to help reach all the clients needing sessions. 

Amber now teaches a number of workshops from Newborn Photography Workshops, Pricing and Marketing Workshops, and General Photography classes/workshops.  She also mentors photographers one-on-one. 

Amber served as President of Brigham City’s Women in Business Organization in 2014 and was named Business Woman of the Year in Brigham City in 2014.  Amber also donates her talents to photograph angels for the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Organization.  She also presented at the this year’s Women’s Forum

 Amber is married to Thomas Rust and they are the proud parents of 5 children.