Crane photography contest is now underway |

Crane photography contest is now underway

The Greater Sandhill Cranes have returned to the Yampa Valley and now is a perfect time to photograph the cranes before they begin their nesting cycle, according to Nancy Merrill, one of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival organizers.  

The 2016 Yampa Valley Crane Festival Photo Contest is currently underway, and photographers of all ages are invited to submit photographs of this iconic bird by email to Crane photos submitted to the photo contest must be taken in the Yampa Valley between Sept. 1, 2015, and Aug. 15.

Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which takes place Sept. 8 to 11 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden. This year a special youth category and prize is also planned.

Complete photo contest rules, rights, guidelines and submission instructions can be found at