First Beach a winner in Quileute photo contest

LAPUSH — Three images of First Beach took top honors out of more than 600 entries in a Quileute tribal photo contest.

Daniel Kelley of Mercer Island won first place and $1,000 for his photograph, “Quileute Sunset,” of a silhouetted James Island against a multicolored sky and sea.

Lindsay Douglas of Sequim’s hazy “First Beach 5,” with a soft-focus sea and view of James Island, won second place and $500.

Her entry shows a foggy, blue-tinted atmosphere on the beach.

Rico Menke’s icy “LaPush’s Winter Wonderland” photograph of his hometown won third place and $250.

The snow-coated rip wood pieces on the beach in the photo show a chillier season in LaPush.

“Our goal was to generate photos for our Web site, and now we have over 600 to choose from,” said Emily Foster, who edits the tribal newsletter The Talking Raven.

A committee narrowed the entries down to 15 and the winners were selected through a community vote April 8.

According to the rules of the contest, the photos had to be taken within the past year in LaPush.

Photographs were to be of the “natural environment of the Quileute reservation,” the rules said.

Images with people in them were subject to disqualification.

Contestants could submit up to 10 entries.

No official timeline was available as to when the winning photos or any of the other entries might make an appearance on the Web site,,


Reporter Paige Dickerson can be reached at 360-417-3535 or at [email protected]

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