Trains and trees took top prizes at the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competition in Hood River, Oregon, which is notable in an area with jaw-dropping vistas.

Hood River is a town located at the confluence of the Hood River and the Columbia River, and Mount Hood looms large to its south. But Aimee Erickson (“Hood River Rails”) took First Place and Brenda Boylan (“Forgotten Rail”) nabbed Second with painterly views of railroad tracks and trains.

David McBride won Third Place with “Rural Relaxation,” while Eric Jacobsen’s “Evening Glow” earned two awards — People’s Choice and Todd Smith Artist Choice. For a complete list of winners, visit the competition’s website.

Becky Joy served as juror for the event, which featured a paint-out from August 30 to September 3, with an exhibition on September 6 at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. Joy taught a workshop immediately following the paint-out, on September 4. Images from the competition will be on view at the Columbia Center for the Arts until September 29.

(Due to the age of this post, some images may be missing from this article)


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