And the winner is...
Wow, we have some ridiculously talented photographers in the Sitka Tribe. Judging this contest felt like peering over a rise on an elk hunt, expecting to see maybe a satellite bull or two, and instead finding dozens of absolute giants. So many of the images were fantastic. So many were creative, artful, well-composed and //DIVERGENT//. But which to pull the trigger on? Which photo to splash across the 2012 Sitka Gear Catalog for every bad ass hunter to see?
The decision wasn't easy. But we kept coming back to the same photo, entitled "One More Hour."
You feel miserable just looking at him. The rain is dripping off his cap and collar, and you know he's just pushing past the discomfort and boredom, even when most hunters would have called it a day.
"It's wet, it's cold, not much is going on, but I know at any moment the one opportunity we all wait for could present itself, and I don't want to be home on my couch when it happens," says winning photographer Ben Vazquez of Arcadia, Wisconsin. "Being an avid bow hunter from the Midwest, weather can really test your patience, and there is nothing more important than having the proper gear to help you stick it out that 'One More Hour.'"
If you didn't win this time, don't be discouraged. We'll be hosting more contests and giveaways very soon. And we'll definitely be doing this again next year, so take your camera whenever you head out into the hills.