Not too many photographers can pitch themselves on the side as professional announcers of the events they cover. But that’s the case with Lindsey Wyllie (pictured), a rodeo photographer and rodeo announcer.
Wyllie recently won, for the sixth consecutive year, Photographer of the Year honors from Your Competitor News, the leading rodeo magazine published in the western U.S. The magazine is bi-monthly during spring, summer and fall, and monthly in the winter.
Speaking to hometown Oregon newspaper the Blue Mountain Eagle, Wyllie highlighted his most memorable shot of the past year:
Wyllie’s personal favorite cover photo last year, a picture of young cowboy John Barry Rose, a Burns resident, competing at the Burns Junior High Rodeo, holds a special meaning to him. The photo appeared on the June 2016 edition of Your Competitor News.
“John Barry had not reached his 16th birthday this year when his life was taken in an auto accident,” Wyllie said. “He was well on his way to greatness and had enjoyed being at the top of his game, competing with the big guns in the NPRA and ICA world.”
The talented young Rose passed away in November. Wyllie’s first rodeo photography event this year will be the High School Rodeo in Eugene Feb. 24-26.
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