Thomas McEwan, who captured a starry night at eastern Nevada's Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park, is the Grand Prize winner of Nevada Magazine's 34th annual Great Nevada Picture Hunt photo contest—the feature story in the publication's September/October issue.

The winning image, titled “Night Sky Over Ward Charcoal Ovens” and shown below, was stitched together from six 75-second exposure frames and is a tribute to Nevada's astronomical appeal. “You would think it would be jet black at night, but the starlight was so bright, I was able to work without a flashlight,” McEwan says.

In addition to the Grand Prize, photographers were judged in six categories: Las Vegas Territory, Pony Express Territory, Cowboy Country, Indian Territory, Nevada Silver Trails, and Reno-Tahoe Territory (see map here). The Nevada Commission on Tourism has split the state into these six “territories” for marketing purposes.

All the 2011 category winners and runners-up are Nevada residents, including Reno's Sally Hanrahan, who won the Indian Territory and Reno-Tahoe Territory categories. Hanrahan's winning photos are of Pyramid Lake and Lake Tahoe, respectively.

The winning image, titled “Night Sky Over Ward Charcoal Ovens,” was taken at eastern Nevada's Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park.

Like Hanrahan, Spring Creek's Jodi Esplin is also a dual honoree, taking Runner-Up in the Cowboy Country category and Third Place in the contest's seventh category, “Then & Now,” in which photographers were asked to re-create former Nevada Highways and Parks or Nevada Magazine cover images.

The winner of Then & Now, Dawn Andone of Panaca, was rewarded for her modern-day photo of Cathedral Gorge State Park, a re-creation of a March 1937 cover of Nevada Highways and Parks.

To view the winning images, pick up the latest issue at national bookstores and where magazines are sold in Nevada, or visit nevadamagazine.com. Look for an ad in a future 2012 issue covering rules of submission for the 2012 contest, or check back regularly at nevadamagazine.com.

Nevada Magazine celebrates Nevada Silver Trails

Nevada Silver Trails is one of Nevada’s largest territories.The remainder of the September/October 2011 issue honors Nevada's second-largest territory, Nevada Silver Trails. In it are features on Silver Trails parks and recreation—including Death Valley National Park and Lincoln County's five state parks—and a roundup of 17 south-central towns. Also highlighted are Yerington's Jeanne Dini Cultural Center, Death Valley Junction's Amargosa Opera House, off-the-beaten-path destinations, noteworthy events, and a history story titled “Gold Finds Make Nevada History,” an excerpt from Nevada Magazine's 75th-Anniversary Edition and the July 1936 issue of Nevada Highways and Parks.

As part of its 75th anniversary, the magazine is highlighting Nevada's six “Territories” in 2011, customizing each of the year's six issues to honor Las Vegas Territory, Pony Express Territory, Cowboy Country, Indian Territory, Nevada Silver Trails, and Reno-Tahoe Territory. The November/December 2011 issue will cover Reno-Tahoe Territory.

Photo: Dave Harrison, Cathedral Gorge State Park