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Our interview with Josh Denault, winner of the Tahoe Digital Photo Institute

This summer, photography enthusiasts will come to South Lake Tahoe to participate in the first Digital Photography Institute June 29 – July 1, 2012. Event organizers hosted a Flickr contest inviting photographers and Tahoe lovers to submit their best shot.

We featured the winner of that contest on our blog in April, and have since had the chance to chat with Josh Denault about his winning image, his love for Tahoe and what he’s most ex­­cited about this summer at the Institute.

Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I live in Berkeley and work for a biotech company specializing in software.  I grew up in San Diego and moved to the Bay Area about eight years ago.

Tell us about your relationship with Tahoe.
I first visited Lake Tahoe about six years ago during the fall.  I don't get back that way very often unfortunately, maybe twice a year, but I always enjoy myself when I go back.

Tahoe Stream by Denault

What are your favorite things to do in Tahoe?
Photography and mountain biking. South Lake Tahoe is a prime location for both of those activities.  The nice thing is that the best time to shoot is dawn or dusk, so I could do it all in one day.

How did you learn about the Digital Photo Institute?
I learned about the institute on Flickr.  I knew I had one favorite photo from a trip to Tahoe so I went ahead and submitted it.  I didn't think I'd actually win; there were so many other great entries in the competition.  

What do you hope to get out of the DPI?
Meeting new people, making new connections and learning new skills.  Photography for me is mostly a solo activity, so it will be nice to meet others who share the interest and capture more great photos in Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe Waterfall by Denault

My favorite type of photography is landscape photography, so getting the opportunity to go back to Lake Tahoe is exciting for me.  It's one of the most photogenic places in California, and I am looking forward to the DPI.

Check out Josh’s Flickr photo stream to see more of his work!

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Georgette Hartley

Georgette loves adventuring outdoors and can usually be found exploring the trails, lakes, and peaks of the Sierra Nevada with her family.


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