A snowshoer trods through Grand Teton National Park looking for signs of wildlife. (Ethan Harris)

On a winter trip to Grand Teton National Park with the Teton Science School, Cheyenne high school student and photographer Ethan Harris noticed an incredible scene of snow, sky and mountains.

“We were snowshoeing in a field looking for tracks and signs of wildlife, and with the Grand Teton sitting right in front of us, I thought the framing was perfect,” Harris wrote to WyoFile. 

Harris, now 18, took a photograph on his Canon T6 of a fellow snowshoer glancing over his shoulder as the top of the Teton Range rises from behind a ridge. The image won first place in the “people” category of The Nature Conservancy of Wyoming’s 2020 “I Believe in Conservation” photography contest

Harris thinks photography can help people better understand and appreciate the world around them, he wrote to WyoFile. 

“I think providing images of things people don’t normally see in a way that draws them in can inspire and spark a curiosity to learn and preserve the things around them,” he wrote.

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Katie Klingsporn

Katie Klingsporn is WyoFile's managing editor. She is a journalist and word geek who has been writing about life in the West for 15 years. Her pieces have appeared in Adventure Journal, National Geographic...

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