Jack Frost took center stage for the Carson Valley Photo Club's monthly contest with Ralph Elligott capturing top honors for his close-up photo of frost-covered leaves.
The theme for the contest was Winter.
Elligott titled his winning photo, taken with a Canon 30D digital camera in his Minden back yard, "Winter Pogonip." The title is based on the name given to frozen fog by the Shoshone Indians and literally means "white death." To the Shoshone, breathing in frozen fog could cause death, probably from pneumonia.
Judges said the picture embodied all parameters set for the contest, ranging from composition to technical clarity.
Second place went to Joanne Moore. "Don't Break my Branches" depicts snow-laden tree branches off Highway 88. Third place was awarded to club president Dave Colon. Titled "Carson Valley Mountain Range," it is a snowscape of ranch land, the mountains west of Gardnerville and a few wispy low and high-level clouds.
Raptors and Agriculture is the theme for next month's photo contest.
Winning photos will be displayed in the lobby of the Douglas County Public Library in Minden.
The Carson Valley Photo Club meets 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the library. Information at 783-8600 or cvphotoclub.com.