Whale carcass picture wins Alaska photo contest

Mike Dunham
Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch

Award-winning Anchorage photojournalist Loren Holmes' photo "Butchering the Whale" has won the Juror's Choice Award at this year's Alaska Positive competition. The contest, now in its 40th year, is sponsored in alternating years by the Alaska State Museum in Juneau, where the winners are now being exhibited.

Holmes recently received an honorable mention in another statewide photographic competition, Rarefied Light, which is on display at the Anchorage Museum through Nov. 25.

The Juror's Choice Award earned Holmes a cash prize of $300.

Alaska Positive juror Holly Andres of Portland, Ore., also gave Holmes an honorable mention for the body of his work submitted to the competition. Other honorable mentions went to Douglas Yates of Ester and Clark James Mishler of Anchorage.

Andres selected Benn Huff and Deanna Lampe, both of Juneau, for Awards of Recognition, each of which comes with a prize of $150.

The Alaska Positive exhibit will tour various locations in Alaska over the next two years.