This was our fifth year to photograph the Wildcatter Gala for the Independent Petroleum Association of the Mountain States, and true to form, the evening was extraordinary. Each year we are inspired by the recipients of the Wildcatter Lifetime Achievement Award for their numberous business and humanitarian achievements and this years recipient, William W. Ballard was no exception. He not only started a very successful company, Balcron Oil, but also served as a professor, Chairman of the Department of Geology and the Board of Trustees for Rocky Mountain College along with numberous other awards and positions. It is truly inspiring to witness the many accomplishments of Mr. Ballard. Thank you for allowing us a small glimpse into the life of an incredible man and to document your latest and much deserved award.