Happy Valley photographer Rodney Lough Jr. received a prestigious award for his majestic image of Swan Lake taken in the Denali National Park & Preserve in Alaska.

by: RODNEY LOUGH JR. - 'Swan Lake,' grand-prize winner in a Smithsonian Institution photo contest, also will be featured in the Spring/Summer edition of Nature's Best Photography magazine.As part of this year’s nationwide celebration and acknowledgment of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Smithsonian Institution invited photographers to enter a photo competition. Judges awarded Lough the grand prize, and his winning image, along with other award winners’ submissions, will be displayed starting Sept. 3 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. “Swan Lake” also will be featured in the Spring/Summer edition of Nature’s Best Photography magazine.

Lough and his wife, LeeAnna, have been Happy Valley residents for 16 years. To read more of Lough’s photographic journeys, visit his official website,

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