First, it has to be said, you ALL made it very difficult to pick winners. The group of submissions were all outstanding and we wanted to say thank you to everyone who participated this year.
Judges from Trout Unlimited, Simms, the Yellowstone Park Foundation and the Outdoor Blogger Network all had their favorites (and fought for them) so between emails and phone conferences, the entries have finally been narrowed down and we have the official results.
Now for some Monday fun! We’ll be revealing the top 10 winners throughout the day starting with the sweepstake winner and by this evening we’ll be revealing our two Grand Prize winners. Be sure to check back here throughout the day as new results will be posted every 1/2 hour — hour-ish.
By revealing our top winners this way, we hope everyone will take a moment to visit each winning submission, enjoy the read and give each of them a well deserved Congrats.
We are proud to announce:
~Blogger Tour 2012 Grand Prize Winners ~
Congratulations to both Marc and Steve for their outstanding submissions. You both grabbed the attention of ALL the judges and certainly impressed a lot of others. Well done and all of us that worked on this project from Trout Unlimited, Simms, the Yellowstone Park Foundation and the Outdoor Blogger Network look forward to meeting you both in July.
Our two Grand Prize Winners get the following lot of fun: They are invited to attend the Blogger Tour of 2012 in Yellowstone National Park. Upon arrival, their food, lodging and transportation will be provided by TU, Simms and OBN.
They will also get the opportunity to fish for native Yellowstone cutthroat trout, Arctic grayling and west slope cutthroat trout, as well as brown trout, brook trout and rainbow trout throughout the waters of the world’s first national park. They will also get to speak to fisheries experts from the National Park Service and hear presentations from NPS experts who are working to recover and restore native trout species within the park’s boundaries. Additionally, they’ll hear from TU volunteers working to raise money for lake trout research in Yellowstone Lake, and from representatives of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, which is launching a major campaign to assist with lake trout removal in Yellowstone Lake.
The Grand Prize Winners will also receive upon arrival to Yellowstone the following prizes:
From Trout Unlimited: A Rod-and-Reel combo, TU membership, TU hat, Kirk Deeter’s Little Red Book of Fly Fishing.
Is Entry #8 A Sense of Place by The Button Valley Bugle
Is Entry #17 Cutthroat Country by the Gorge Fly Shop
Is Entry #19 BALANCE by Fishing Poet
Is Entry #21 A Remembrance of Things Past by The Tailing Loop
5th Place — 10th Place Runner Ups will all receive:
5th Place Runner Up: Is Entry #33 A symbol of Yellowstone by Chucking Line and Chasing Tail
6th Place Runner Up: Is Entry #12 Laboratory: For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People by Bug Chuckers, Inc
7th Place Runner Up: Is Entry #11 Cutthroat Conservation: Saving the Yellowstone Ecosystem by The Fisheries Blog
8th Place Runner Up: Is Entry #16 Family, falling in love, and fly fishing by The Working Mom’s Travels
9th Place Runner Up: Is Entry #27 Dude, Can we go back in Time? by the Ecological Angler
10th Place Runner Up: Is Entry #7 In Anticipation of Yellowstone by the Unaccomplished Angler
Sweepstakes Winner: Entry #27 is The Ecological Angler – you have won a surprise package!
Thanks again to everyone who participated in this opportunity! Trout Unlimited, Simms, the Yellowstone Park Foundation and the Outdoor Blogger Network appreciated each and every one of your submissions and now we are looking forward to meeting a couple of you in July!
Note: Winners, please use the contact form below to submit your information.
Participation Bonus: The First 30 Essay submissions received a TU Membership and YPF Hat. If you were one of the first 30 submissions, please also fill out the form below so we can set you up with your participation prize!
Grand Prize Winners Note: Once we have your contact information we’ll get a hold of you with the details, schedule, etc and correspond with you. We’ll be presenting you with your prizes in person when you get to Yellowstone! Please remember: Grand Prize bloggers must be able to get to Yellowstone at their own expense—upon arrival, your food, lodging and transportation will be provided by TU, Simms, Yellowstone Park Foundation and OBN.
For the full list of contest submissions, please visit this link: Blogger Tour 2012