My Colorado Photos

The winning shots
EnCompass Magazine

Editors’ note: These winning photos are chosen from dozens received online at and via email. With the rebranding of EnCompass to AAA Living in January 2022, this issue’s winners will be the final installment of the My Colorado Photo Contest.

Winter paradise ▲

David Noe of Paonia submitted this photo by email of the Skyline Trail while snowshoeing in Grand Mesa. “My girlfriend, Jo Ann, and I find Grand Mesa to be one of our favorite winter destinations. It’s uncrowded, usually has abundant snowfall, and there are wonderfully maintained cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. It’s truly a winter paradise,” Noe tells EnCompass. “It was perfect day to explore the mesa, and on the way back to the trailhead I noticed a storm rolling in. The changing weather made for a captivating scene and some intriguing photo opportunities. I used the Silvertone setting on my cell phone to give the snow and clouds this silvery sheen.” His camera: iPhone 6. Member since: 2014

Lesson learned ▼

Tana Lawler of Golden submitted this photo by email of her family cross-country skiing at Cottonwood Lake. “My husband, Patrick, and I were trying to convince our 7-year-old-son, Forrest, that snow sports are a great way to explore the great outdoors,” Lawler tells EnCompass. “This area offered a quiet, scenic, and reasonably simple back-country forest road for us to introduce him to a longer, yet enjoyable, ski. We toured through the campground, willow fields, and the lake before making snow angels and an ice sliding area on the lakeshore.” Her camera: iPhone 11. Member since: 2019


AAA Colorado accepted photography of Colorado destinations from AAA Colorado members only. No professionals please (that includes photographers who have sold their work online, in galleries, or by any other means, or whose photos appear on professional media websites). EnCompass magazine has selected two winners, each receiving a $60 check. Only high-resolution images are eligible to win. AAA Colorado reserves the right not to select any photo for any reason, without notification. AAA Colorado reserves the right to use all entries in its marketing materials (in print, online, and social media) without compensation.