Photographers capture autumn’s beauty in the 12th annual fall foliage photo contest

Fifty-seven photographers submitted more than 120 photos of the most colorful season in Vermont, from postcard-perfect farmland vistas to unique mountain angles, stunning skies that matched the fiery leaves, and a number of aww-inspiring images featuring curious cows, autumnal pups and a darling plaid-clad baby.

The contest ran through September and October. From our perspective, peak foliage began right around the first week in October. The colors may have seemed a bit muted when compared to other years — many factors can affect the vibrancy and timing of fall foliage, including rainfall and heat. July 2018 was the hottest month ever recorded in Burlington, according to the National Weather Service, with a mean temperature of 76 degrees.

But Vermont never disappoints, and the forests were awash in tawny hues of orange, red and yellow.

“Even in the worst year, you can find yourself on a day somewhere, someplace, and in the right set of conditions, with the right landscape or the right view, it can still be stunning,” said Abby van den Berg, an associate professor at the Proctor Maple Center.


In a multi-round voting process, photographer Gordon Miller and Stowe Reporter staff determined this year’s winning shots.

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Top 10 Photographers

  1. Joel Heller
  2. Scott Braaten
  3. Dan Krieger
  4. Katherine Hoagland
  5. Dan Krieger
  6. Scott Braaten
  7. Chris Mitchell
  8. Richard Levine
  9. Bruce Olsson
  10. Judi Leigh Alberi

2018 Prizes/Sponsor

Prizes were donated by Edson Hill, a distinctive Vermont bed-and-breakfast and luxury country inn in Stowe.

  • First place: Two-night lodging for two at Edson Hill.
  • Second place: Three-course dinner for two (excluding alcohol) at Edson Hill.
  • Third place: Cross-country rentals and trail day passes for two at Edson Hill.