By Shawn O’Brate

Over the past few months we here at the Ranger, Lander Journal and Wind River newspapers have been asking for photos from the local communities surrounding Riverton and filling Fremont County. Well, we asked and we have received quite a few amazing still shots of life in Wyoming. 

But, the contest is not over just yet. In fact, the final date to submit your own photos is Wednesday, March 15, and we want to invite you to do so and be part of documenting our local communities and the area we live in. 

People, places, and kids are the three categories of this Special Moments Photo Contest, with all three category finalists being printed in the paper in an April edition of the newspapers. After March 15 we will be posting the finalists in each category for you, the people, to help decide the winner and afterward the winners will receive a framed copy of their entry, a $100 gift card and basket, as well as a free one-year newspaper subscription. 

So pick up that dusty camera, turn your phone sideways, get outside and see what you can snapshot before time is up! We’re particularly excited about the category for kids, and haven’t received many entries from youngsters yet. 


The people category is one that highlights all the interesting things people do in our communities. Photos for this category should include faces of people – whether it be kids giggling while engaged in a fun activity, or volunteers hard at work behind the scenes, or someone simply enjoying the winter wonderland aboard their snowmobile. The only rule for this category is that we can see the face or faces of someone enjoying life in Fremont County. Please include the name(s) of the people photographed with your entry. 


Fremont County is chalk full of the most beautiful outdoor sights and interesting indoor attractions around. In this category, photographs can still include people, but the photo should help tell a story about the place it features. Whether it’s a snowy mountain expanse, a breathtaking sunset, or a family taking in the sights in Sinks Canyon, in this category, the setting reigns supreme. If you’re not sure whether your photo should be entered in the people or places category, that’s OK. We’ll figure out where it fits best. 


The kids category is just for kids under 18 (high school students who have turned 18 may enter this category). With cameras no longer unaffordable for even the youngest, youth photographers are honing their skills beyond the wildest dreams of us older folks. We are confident that photos taken by kids will rival even some of our most professional entries. Kids are free to capture anything they’d like for this category. There’s only one rule: Photos should be taken in Fremont County. 

Email your photos to Include your name, address, phone and email contact information, and what category you think fits best for your entry. Each entrant is limited to five photo submissions. Ensure you send them in no later than March 15, 2023. If you have a hard-copy photo submission, drop them off or mail them to The Ranger, 421 East Main Street, Riverton, WY, 82501. If you’ve got questions, email or call 307-856-2244, ext. 108.