Nevada Magazine Projects

State of Nevada - Executive Budget Book Cover 2017-2019

In late fall, 2016, Nevada Magazine was asked to help create a dynamic cover for this year’s Governor’s Executive Budget. We were told that there was a desire for something completely different from years prior, and also something all-inclusive, as regards representing the entire state.

Being a photographer, but relatively new to the magazine, I was a little unsure, but I sincerely believe that it’s the photography and other visual art in this state that best represent it, so I dug into the archives on our server and found the treasure trove of past Great Nevada Picture Hunt winners. With a couple small exceptions, those are the images that you see on that cover composite. There were a couple locations that needed filling, so I and another photographer friend, Dennis Doyle, provided some images to round everything out. Every photo in that collage is geographically placed, meaning each photo shows up in the design very close to where it was photographed.

Photos compiled by Nevada Magazine's Art Director, Kippy S. Spilker (Great Nevada Picture Hunt): 

  • Fly Geyser - Ann Brinkoetter
  • Black Rock Desert - Larry Turner
  • Antelope - Dennis Doyle
  • Winnemucca - Larry Angier
  • Pyramid Lake - Sally Hanrahan
  • Fernley - Tom Jones IV
  • Fallon - Kippy S. Spilker
  • RubyMountains - Jodi Esplin
  • Reno - Neil Lockhart
  • Virginia City - Liz Huntington
  • Austin - Shaun Astor
  • Ely - Lori Drew
  • Tahoe - William Carr
  • Carson City State Museum & Carson Valley - Kippy S. Spilker
  • Round Mountain - Barry Glazier
  • Crescent Dunes - Kippy S. Spilker
  • Gold Point - Jack Freer
  • Tonopah - Jim Galli
  • Panaca - JT Dudrow
  • Rhyolite - Wayne Posner
  • Mesquite - Cliff LaPlant
  • Red Rock Canyon - Thomas U. Knapp
  • Las Vegas Native American - Randa Bishop
  • Valley of Fire - Jim Snyder
  • Las Vegas Strip - Gary Reese
  • Hoover Dam - Mike Lienhard
  • Henderson - Jordan Gerrard

    Executive Budget Book Cover 2017-2019

    40th Anniversary of the Great Nevada Picture Hunt:

    This cover was such a huge hit and conversation piece – I had no clue it would be so well-received. We even had people contacting us asking if it was for sale, which was what sparked an idea in my mind.

    I approached my boss, Janet Geary, with the idea and she told me to run with it, so we are!

    2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Great Nevada Picture Hunt. This year, in addition to our standard photo contest, we are running a secondary contest. My plan is to choose 40 photos (to underscore the 40th anniversary) to represent our great state, and recreate a graphic similar to the Governor’s Executive Budget cover, but on a much larger scale! I will be creating a 20x30” limited-edition poster with this year’s contest winners from all over the state. The poster will be available for purchase at $10 each + $5. shipping/handling in September 2017, and will be available for pre-order on nevadamagazine.com/shop very soon.

      40th Anniversary - Great Nevada Picture Hunt

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