JOHN DAY – Lindsey Wyllie’s passion for photography and rodeo is a winning combination.

Wyllie recently won Favorite Photo Award in “Your Competitor News” magazine’s 2013 web poll contest – for the third year in a row. Magazine staff members also voted to honor him for top cover photo.

Competitor News is the largest rodeo publication in the west, also covering Montana and 23 other states.

Wyllie’s success may not surprise Grant County folks who’ve seen his work.

Besides photos that make you feel you need to brush dust off your boots, he offers family and senior portraits, sports photos, and landscape works through his business, Lindsey Wyllie Digital Pics Productions.

Each year he spends 75-90 days in his camper traveling to rodeos in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, and he doesn’t just stop in for a few performances.

“I’m there for the whole rodeo,” he said.

Rodeo is in Wyllie’s roots. He grew up on a ranch, and participated in rodeo in his younger days, so he knows the right moment to capture the perfect shot.

“I know what it’s supposed to look like when it happens right,” he said. “You have to get a feel for what’s going to happen and what looks good. Bucking horses – they’re all different. You’ve got to pick up the timing and always look for something that might happen.”

During his 10 years in rodeo photography, he’s only had one mishap. Five years ago, during bareback competition at the NPRA finals in Salem, a horse bucked its way straight into Wyllie’s lower leg as he straddled the fence and tried to get out of the way.

That didn’t stop him – he hobbled to another event the next day.

Wyllie also is a radio announcer for high school sports, announces a couple of rodeos a year, and is an auctioneer. In his free time, he enjoys hunting and sharpshooting.

Wyllie lives in John Day with his wife Colleen and their daughter Reitta; he also has three grown daughters.

He said he plans to continue his focus on rodeo photography.

“I love it,” he said. “It’s enjoyable being out there and taking a picture that somebody wants to keep forever. The people are great, and it’s always something different.”

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