Sonoita pronghorn by Tucson photographer wins photo contest


Tucson photographer David C. Vincent has won the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s annual wildlife photo contest with a glamorous photo of an American pronghorn in Sonoita.

Vincent’s photo beat out nearly 1,900 entries to win Best of Show. The image will feature on the cover of the department’s 2023 wildlife calendar.

“I had a feeling something was going to happen the day I took this photo because the light was magical,” Vincent said.

In addition to appearing on the cover, his pronghorn will be featured in the calendar along with 11 other photos: Merriam’s Turkey by Dave Getz of Tempe; Kat Guellich’s hare antelope from Green Valley; American Red Squirrel by Bill Hamilton of Phoenix; Burrowing Owls by Tom Mangelsdorf of Scottsdale; the desert sheep by Lee Marcus de Chandler; sandhill cranes by Mark Navarro of Tucson; the great egrets of Tam Ryan of Mesa; Great Plains Toad by Cam Stewart of Prescott; mule deer by Jeffrey Wagner of Laramie, Wyoming; elk by Courtney Warner of Phoenix; and chuckwalla from Sue Welter of Peoria.

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The calendar will be sent to subscribers with the latest issue of the department journal Arizona Wildlife Views Magazine and sold at all Arizona Game and Fish offices beginning mid-November for $3, while supplies last.

The November-December issue of Arizona Wildlife Views also includes 20 additional honorable mention photographs that were chosen by the judges of this year’s competition.

Tom Nielsen had been out for a bike ride just south of Oro Valley Hospital and west of the market when he managed to get this video. It tells the rest of the story. Video courtesy of Tom Nielsen.

Contact journalist Henry Brean at [email protected] or 573-4283. On Twitter: @RefriedBrean


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