At the end of one of his regular trips to Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Shannon County earlier this year, Bryon Striebeck decided to pull out his phone to snap a quick picture of a couple of his friends rowing out of a cave after playing some guitars on the Current River.
The Lincoln County resident never thought that moment would get him statewide recognition. The photo, called “Cave Spring Silhoulette,” earned Striebeck Honorable Mention honors at the 2020 Missouri Department of Natural Resources Photo Contest in the “People Enjoying Missouri’s Natural Resources” Category.
Over 600 photos were submitted statewide during the contest, which ran from April 1 to Oct. 1.
“I’m not a professional photographer, but I always wanted to be,” said Striebeck, who lives in Moscow Mills. “All I have is a phone.”
Ozark National Scenic Riverways is a favorite of Striebeck because of its caves, springs and streams. The Current and Jacks Fork rivers meet in the park, and in certain areas, visitors can see up to 40 feet below into the river.
Striebeck said he has many photos of his trips to the park, but he was convinced to submit the spur-of-the moment photo to the DNR for consideration.
“We’re out among nature all the time, and we have several photos of our trips,” he said. “That (picture) was too perfect – and my girlfriend made me do it.”
Though the only thing Striebeck gets out of the contest is “bragging rights,” he said being one of the four photos picked out of hundreds submitted is pretty special regardless.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Striebeck said. “It makes me want to go out and get an actual camera.”
Submissions for the state’s eighth-annual DNR Photo Contest will begin in spring of 2021. For a look of the winners, go to https://dnr.mo.gov/photocontest/.