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Aron Bosworth | 08.07.2017

Winter is still a few months away, but we thought we'd prime the excitement pump for the crisper, chillier months ahead by announcing the winners of last winter season's Contributor Awards.

With each summer and winter season at Outdoor Project, we round out the Contributor Rewards Program by recognizing the core of the community - the Contributors who have trudged those extra miles, stayed out longer to capture that perfect photograph, and who have generally gone above and beyond in providing invaluable knowledge, blood, sweat and smiles to help build Outdoor Project into what it has become - one of the richest and fastest growing platforms for outdoor recreation and discovery.

This past Winter '16/'17 season was another incredible season at Outdoor Project. Both new and veteran contributors created over 650 adventures ranging from ephemeral desert kayak runs and Northeastern mountaineering ascents to iconic Hawaiian surf spots and diving with whale sharks.

Distilled from that wealth of adventure guides, we're thrilled to announce the Winter '16/'17  Contributor awards and prize winners. Congratulations to all and thank you to the OP Contributor community for your inspiring media and storytelling!

For those unfamiliar with the Contributor Rewards Program, the majority of content on Outdoor Project has been published by our talented contributor community. These folks are experienced photographers, videographers, storytellers, and passionate outdoor adventurers who have elected to share their expertise to help make Outdoor Project the most intuitive and comprehensive resource for outdoor recreation. In return they take part in the Contributor Rewards Program - a set of incentives that range from an end of the year cash pool distribution and outdoor gear and apparel pro deals to seasonal awards and prizes.

We'd like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors:

 

MOST ADVENTURE POINTS (AP) EARNED 

Pro Contributors

  1. Shaun Hunter: 234 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket + Goal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Power Pack + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  2. Benjamin Krause: 208. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket + Goal Zero Nomad 14 Plus Solar Panel + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  3. Louis Otis: 192 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket + Goal Zero Light a Life 350 + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  4. Robyn Anderson: 186 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  5. Kyle Jenkins: 182 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  6. Denis LeBlanc: 170 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  7. Jessica Beauchemin: 127 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  8. Daniel Sherman. 108 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  9. Rini Sugianto. 101 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  10. Eric Adsit: 89 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  11. Shane Kucera: 86 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Throw + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  12. Basil Newburn: 84 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Throw + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  13. Brent Uhrig: 80 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Throw + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  14. Yelena Sukhanov: 69 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Throw + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  15. Colin Bryant: 66 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Throw + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  16. John Cody: 65 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Throw + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  17. Matthew King: 64 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Throw + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  18. Ben Dlin: 61 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Throw + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  19. Stephanie Keene: 60 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Throw + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  20. Aden Williamson: 57 AP. PRIZE: Pendleton Yakima Camp Throw + Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.

*option to exchange Mountain House kit with $50 credit to OP store.

Sponsored Contributors

  1. Kevin Murray: 53 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  2. Patrick Mueller: 52 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  3. Jesse Weber: 52 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  4. Michael Sawiel: 50 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  5. Kyler Smith: 47 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  6. Forrest Setnor: 45 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  7. Stephanie Wagner: 43 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  8. Jason Wright: 41 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  9. Calvin Perfall: 40 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  10. Nick Catania: 35 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  11. Duncan Sadava: 33 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  12. Alice Bellini: 32 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  13. Matt Leidecker: 32 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  14. Mike Windsor: 31 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  15. Fernando Boza: 31 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  16. Justin Michael: 31 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  17. Brandon Katcher: 30 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  18. Anthony Kasner: 30 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  19. Adam Cowcill: 29 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  20. Emily Pennington: 29 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  21. Jackie Arnal: 28 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  22. Andrew Stohner: 28 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit.
  23. Anshul Singh: 28 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit
  24. Brandon Cook: 26 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit
  25. Race Jones: 25 AP. PRIZE: Mountain House Premium Meal Assortment Kit

*option to exchange Mountain House kit with $50 credit to OP store.

Best Overall Adventure Submission

As voted by Outdoor Project Staff. For this category all aspects of the adventure and corresponding documentation are considered.

1. Crooked River: Lone Pine Bridge to Crooked River Ranch

By Priscilla Macy. PRIZE: $300 Mountainsmith Gift Card.

2. Mount Marcy, Mount Skylight + Gray Peak Loop

By Louis Otis. PRIZE: $200 Mountainsmith Gift Card.

3. Candy Cliffs of Yant Flat

By Kyle Jenkins. PRIZE: $150 Mountainsmith Gift Card.

4. Devils Thumb

By Kevin Murray. PRIZE: $100 Mountainsmith Gift Card.

BEST PHOTO SUBMISSION - ACTION THEME

As voted by Outdoor Project Staff. See winning photos in top slide show.

  1. Banzai Pipeline by Kyle Jenkins. PRIZE: $150 Mountainsmith Gift Card 
  2. Lee Vining Ice Climbing by Rini Sugianto. PRIZE: $100 Mountainsmith Gift Card
  3. Mount Adams Southwest Chute by Matthew King. PRIZE: $75 Mountainsmith Gift Card
  4. Three Creek Lake + Tam McArthur Rim Yurts by Benjamin Krause. Honorable Mention.

BEST PHOTO SUBMISSION - LANDSCAPE/WILDLIFE THEME

As voted by Outdoor Project Staff. See winning photos in top slide show.

  1. Illumination Saddle Ski Tour by Benjamin Krause. PRIZE: $150 Mountainsmith Gift Card
  2. Dumont Dunes by Shaun Hunter. PRIZE: $100 Mountainsmith Gift Card
  3. Manistee River Trail Loop by Aaron Shady. PRIZE: $75 Mountainsmith Gift Card
  4. Kahe Beach Park/Electric Beach by Patrick Nichols. Honorable Mention.

BEST ADVENTURE DESCRIPTION

As voted by Outdoor Project Staff. In addition to requisite eloquent writing, winning adventure descriptions include at least one of the following: historical information or natural history about a place, detailed information on route finding and/or safety tips, and information on local flora and fauna.

  1. Armargosa Big Dune by Shaun Hunter. PRIZE: $150 Mountainsmith Gift Card.
  2. Petroglyph Canyon by Andy Pigg. PRIZE: $100 Mountainsmith Gift Card.
  3. Kulana'Ahane Trail by Patrick Nichols. PRIZE: $75 Mountainsmith Gift Card.
  4. Santa Cruz Island: Prisoner's Harbor to Scorpion Anchorage by Will Finch. Honorable Mention.

BEST CAMPGROUND

As voted by Outdoor Project Staff. For this category all aspects of the campground submission and corresponding documentation are considered.

  1. Jalama Beach Campground by Denis Leblanc. PRIZE: $150 Mountainsmith Gift Card.
  2. Red Cliffs Campground by Kyle Jenkins. PRIZE: $100 Mountainsmith Gift Card.
  3. Pine Flat Campground by Kyler Smith. PRIZE: $75 Mountainsmith Gift Card.
  4. Owl Canyon Campground by Jessica Beauchemin. Honorable Mention.

MOST UNIQUE ADVENTURE

As voted by Outdoor Project Staff. Winners of these adventures feature a peculiar natural phenomenon, bizarre landmark or unique type of tourist destination or experience.

  1. International Car Forest of the Last Church by Shaun Hunter. PRIZE: $150 Mountainsmith Gift Card.
  2. Gladden Split + Silk Caye Marine Reserve by Amy Brown. PRIZE: $100 Mountainsmith Gift Card.
  3. Petersen Rock Garden - Jessica Beauchemin. PRIZE: $75 Mountainsmith Gift Card.
  4. Grande Raccordo  Annulare Della Bici (GRAB) by Alice Bellini. Honorable Mention.

BEST FIRST ADVENTURE

As voted by Outdoor Project Staff. This selection goes to one Contributor each season who knocked it out of the park with their first adventure guide submission. 

Panorama Trail by Jen Chapman. PRIZE: $150 Mountainsmith Gift Card.

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Congrats to all the Contributors from this last season! Such incredible experiences and storytelling.
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