Nearly 900 amateur photos came from throughout the country, but John Emerson of Sparks took first place. Emerson won a free balloon ride at the 2011 Great Reno Balloon Race and an official 2011 balloon race jacket for his photo, a display of hot air balloons reflected in a pond at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park with a warm flood of sunlight shining through.
Second-place was awarded to Kenneth Parkhurst of El Dorado Hills, Calif., for his mass ascension photo. Parkhurst also will receive an official 2011 balloon race jacket. The third-place winner, JeanMarie Dimmick of Reno, captured a fun image of her shoes in the air with balloons decorating the sky. Dimmick will be awarded $50 in balloon race souvenirs.
Honorable mentions include Barbara Muscutt of Reno; 2009’s first place winner, Kam Merzlack of Jackson, Calif.; and Angie Allen of Reno.
For more information on the event, or to become a sponsor of the 30th anniversary Great Reno Balloon Race in 2011, call 826-1181 or visit www.renoballoon.com.