Title: Stay In Your Lane
Photographer: Kate Ochsman
“I spent the better part of 2020 driving through Yellowstone, my new home, and photographing and enjoying this mesmerizing place. As happens in life, each day presented newness. ‘Stay in Your Lane’ is a trifecta in rarity: the first being that everything in Yellowstone is green, the second is that there are absolutely zero people or cars in this stretch of prime Lamar land, and the third is that there is just a single bison cow without her herd. Knowing that the moment would pass in the blink of an eye, I stepped out of my vehicle, safely ducked low in the middle of the road, and made a few images. The metaphor of a single bison cow on her own, on the road, resonated with me. Coexistence is not only possible when respect prevails, but it’s essential.”
Judge’s commentary: This image was chosen for many reasons. Not only is it visually compelling, beautifully shot, and well processed, it also successfully merges the theme of human-wildlife coexistence within the larger landscape. It tells a story and speaks to a positive sentiment for the future. Scenes like this aren’t very common anymore, what with the increased human presence in the GYE.