Barn at Sunset. Photo courtesy of Randy Story, Lawrence County.
Category: Editor's Welcome

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words.

Barn at Sunset. Photo courtesy of Randy Story, Lawrence County.

So, thank you, readers, for sending us 1.6 million words! You spoiled us by submitting 1,606 outstanding entries to Arkansas Living’s 2023 Reader Photo Contest. (Our ultra-organized Associate Editor Nancy Meador counted and categorized them. Our most popular category: birds with 432 entries.
Egret-fully we couldn’t run them all!)

Bull Elk Silhouette, photo courtesy of Justin Smith, Harrison.

Our team had the toughest time deciding winners out of so many fine photos. And we could only select one for the cover, when 100 would have looked splendid.

Ultimately, we chose “Tree Frog Snuggling in the Winter Squash Blossom” — taken by Judith Allen at SalScilla Farms, Inc. in Mayflower — as our cover because of its subject matter, storytelling and authenticity. It tickled us to discover it was tak

The Littlest Cowboy, photo courtesy of Diane Race, Russellville.

en with an everyday smartphone, proving that everyone can be brilliant photographers — even without specialized training and professional equipment — if we are present in the moment and appreciate the splendor that surrounds us.

Please see our wonderful winning photos, Picture This Winners of Arkansas Living’s 2023 Reader Photo Contest. Others will appear in January 2023 Reflections and will be used elsewhere in the magazine and on social media throughout the year.

Enough words. Let’s use this space for a few more fantastic photos.

Until next year’s contest, keep your eyes open, and stay focused!