Welcome!

Best of Show, John Hanou
Best of Show Photography 2017 – John Hanou – “Fiery Sunset”

Welcome to the home of the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers! Formed in 1973, Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers, Inc., is an organization of professional and aspiring communicators, dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. Through writing, photography, broadcast media, and artistic expression, members provide information about the recreational and natural resources found in the Rocky Mountain West. Become a part of our creative community and:

  • Attend the annual conference — September 9-12, 2019 in Estes Park, Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • Participate in our annual contest — this year’s deadline is June 10, 2019.
  • Apply for our scholarship — deadline May 30 each year.
  • Meet some of our members — see what we’re up to.

We need your inspiration, participation, and support. YOU are the organization!

2018 2nd Place
Photo Award Winners

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Recent news

Important Conference Deadlines

Elk on Trail Ridge, Rocky Mountain National Park © Vanessa Jackson, RMOWP 2010 Photo Workshop

Rocky Mountain National Park is popular. Very popular. It had the third highest number of visitors of any national park last year, and for two very good reasons: the scenery is spectacular and the wildlife abundant. Imagine how annoying it is when you’re trying to get a shot of a wonderful snow-capped mountain peak, and those pesky elk or moose keep blocking your view.

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The Legend of El Patron

Book Review by Barb  Laine

This is a charming, entertaining, and educational little book, written by RMOWP member Virginia Parker Staat. It brought both tears and chuckles – what more can a reader ask? Although written for children eight to 14, it’s a lovely story for all ages. It’s also a true story, and includes delightful illustrations by Andy Ramon.

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Cold Challenges

By Peter Kummerfeldt

The challenges of functioning effectively – and safely, in a cold environment are directly related to your ability to protect yourself from the ambient temperature, precipitation and wind. While accurate numbers are difficult to come by, it is estimated that about 600 people die each year from accidental hypothermia – many of these, about 50%, are elderly. As with heat challenges, the emphasis needs to be an awareness of the environmental threats, on early recognition of what is happening, minimizing the risk and then on effective treatment of hypothermia should it occur.

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