Congratulations to the winners of The American Landscape 2019 photo contest
Grand Prize Matt Meisenheimer
The cliffs of the Nā Pali Coast rise over 4,000 feet from the shoreline below. It’s a magnificent thing to see. The mountains of Kauai are some of the most unique out there. They give you the feeling that you’re living in a prehistoric environment that existed millions of years ago. I ran into some phenomenal conditions while hiking around the Kalalau Valley during a recent trip. I scrambled to find a suitable composition and came across this scene. I liked how the lone tree was catching light and I felt the rainbows were spaced perfectly with the tree. It was very windy and wet so the challenge was freezing motion in the vegetation and keeping my lens dry. I shot at a higher ISO to get a faster shutter speed and used a towel to dry my lens. I’d shoot a few frames, dry and cover my lens, take a few frames and repeat. Thankfully, my effort paid off and my resulting images were clean and sharp. This image portrays one of the most incredible events that I have had the opportunity to photograph.
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Second Prize Jemma Lee
Pink Lady Nipple
As each labored step forward resulted in two slippery steps back on the rocky mountainside ascend on this humid August day, I had naively assumed that we had reached our destination on the difficult hour long trek from the Cinder Cone parking lot. I begrudgingly continued the climb for two more hours and was grateful to be rewarded with an extraordinary view on the other side. At the base of the mountain a small cluster of pink mountains appeared in the distance, only to be revealed through my telephoto lens. This breathtaking view reminded me of being upon my mother’s breast when I was a young child. The vivid pinks, reds, purples and blues portrayed in the photograph are from the minerals on the ground below that were created from volcanoes erupted in the past.
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Finalist Jason Frye
The trees that line certain sections of the South Carolina coast are haunting yet beautiful, witnessing countless sunrises, sunsets, storms and rainbows…but their time is limited. Enjoy the moment, get out, you never know when an opportunity to photography something is your last chance.
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Glacial Stream -Two Medicine Lake – Glacier National Park
Two medicine lake lies about an hour south of St. Mary, Montana, on the east side of Glacier National Park. This lake one of the prettiest in the park and is not as well traveled as most parts of the park. At certain times of year, when the glacial run off is high, swift streams flow down into the lake. I bushwhacked for a few miles through the pristine evergreen forest to find this magical spot. There was an ample presence of bear scat along the way, prompting me to engage in my usual discussion with the trees and nature around me in order alert wildlife of my presence. I returned a few years later only to find this once vibrant stream had been reduced to a trickle by climate change.
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The American Landscape Photo Contest Winners
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