Last year I helped select and curate a photo show here in Denver that we called Surface Film (thank you, Mr. Cermele, for the name) in conjunction with the Greenbacks. The Greenbacks are a group that some of us conservation-minded folk here in Colorado helped found within Trout Unlimited.

The idea for the show was that we round up the best photographers in the fishing industry — browbeat them into letting us use some of their images. We would then tastefully frame the images, ply the patrons with free beer, get some live music going and pretty much have a party. Oh, and hopefully raise some money for conservation in the process by doing so.

Well, it seemed to work pretty darn well. We raised a pile of money for native fish here in Colorado and had a hell of a time doing it. So much so, that we decided to do it again.

This year, the show attendees will vote for “best-in-show” honors. The winning photographer will receive the National Trout Unlimited Professional Photo of the Year, a cash prize, and will be prominently featured in a future issue of Trout Magazine. In addition, a second place finisher will also receive a cash prize. There’s also talk of taking this show on a national tour next year, so stay tuned for that.

If you live in the Denver area or know someone who does that might appreciate something like this, pass them along the details below. This is a free event. All ages are welcome to attend.

Please join us on February 2, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. to enjoy our industry’s best photography work, as well as live music and drinks.

This will be an exclusive preview event, and the gallery will be open to the public February 3rd, and through the month of February. With over 250 attendees last year, we’re expecting more this year, so please RSVP at the following link to guarantee admission:

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