A night ride along a ridgeline trail near Leavenworth, WA- Eric Mickelson Photo.
September 27, 2014

Leavenworth Framed Photographer Invitational

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The week before last, I was honored to be one of five photographers who were invited to take part in the 2014 Leavenworth Summer Framed Photographer Invitational.   For the event, we got to spend 72 hours capturing our take on  the mountain culture surrounding Leavenworth, Washington, and then had just 24 hours to edit together a slideshow that, along with the shows from the other four photographers, got shown to a big crowd and a panel of judges on the evening of September 20th.  What a blast! Who could say no to that?  It was an exhausting four days, but I had a ton of fun putting it all together.  At the end of it all, I was fortunate enough to come away with the award for the Epic/Stunning category, which was a huge honor given the high caliber of all of the shows.

The town of Leavenworth, Washington, just before sunrise.

Pre-dawn Leavenworth.


Leavenworth has always been one of my favorite mountain towns. My wife and I lived there while we worked up at the Stevens Pass Ski Area during our very first winter in Washington, and we both fell in love with the place. Although we now live on the west (wet) side of the Cascades, we come back every summer for the incredible mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, and fly fishing that are found so close to town. Although these things just begin to scratch the surface of all there is to do in Leavenworth, those are the three activities I chose to focus on for my show, because to me they epitomize all the great things about Leavenworth mountain culture. The community of folks that I have met while out there on the trails and rivers are among my closest friends- we bond through shared experiences and through watching out for each other. Leavenworth is full of people cut from similar cloth- folks who love getting after it in the outdoors, and who have each others backs.

Riders prepare to hit the trails at the Stevens Pass Bike Park, Washington- Eric Mickelson Photo.

Hitting the trails or the rivers with friends is just about as good as it gets.


A common theme that links all three pursuits is the idea of finding that great line, whether it’s choosing your line through a rock-strewn trail, threading your way through boulders and hydraulics on a complex rapid, or simply finding that perfect drift for your line that lays your fly right over the nose of a waiting trout. Therefore, I chose to call my show “Chasing Lines,” as that seems to be what we spend much of our time doing while in Leavenworth. So, without further adieu, here is my show.  I hope you enjoy!


A big thank you to my team of friends/athletes who helped me create some great images to put in the show. You guys were incredible.

Chris Tretwold
Hilary Neevel
Stephanie Bennett
Ian Fair
Patrick Haggerty

Thanks as well to Matt Bowen, the Leavenworth Mountain Association, and all of the other event sponsors for putting on such a great event. It was a blast, and it was a lot of fun to see all of the unique and beautiful images that the photographers captured over the same three days. Way cool.

Stevens Pass Resort
Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce
Icicle Brewing Company
Coast Mountain Culture Magazine
Icicle Village Resort
Gibbs Graphics
Munchen Haus

And finally, a special thanks to my wife, Amy Brown, for a whole bunch of behind-the-scenes help, some timely and helpful editing advice, and for being cool with me missing our third wedding anniversary, which took place during the event. I will make it up to you!!


A few images from the show: