9th Annual Nature’s Colors Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 9th Annual Nature’s Colors Photo Contest.

Grand Prize John Mariana
Morning At The Elk Rut—Cataloochee Valley

The Cataloochee Valley is a portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park located in North Carolina between Knoxville and Ashville. Once a farming community, it was acquired by the National Park Service, and historic frame buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries have been preserved, surrounded by 6000-foot peaks. Elk were released in Cataloochee Valley in 2001 as part of an experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park. The herd can be seen regularly in the fields of the valley, especially during the Elk Rut from mid-September to mid-October in the early morning and evening hours.
Early on an October morning, I drove along the valley road and was struck by the sun rising over the nearby mountain and casting rays. The tree on the left was lit from behind, making it stand out from the background. As this bull elk roamed the field, I kept shooting and waiting for a strong composition and back light. The final image is a three-image panorama. The panorama provides the scale and the breadth of the scene that was just awesome.

Nikon D600, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 170mm. Exposure: 1/640 sec., ƒ/14, ISO 640.
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Second Place Brian Waddell
Latourell Falls

When I took this late-autumn photo of Latourell Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, I wanted to get off the main trail and away from people, so decided to walk along the old Columbia River Highway to look for a way up. I found a small game trail and started hiking it, being careful not to disturb the fragile moss and ferns that are part of the beauty of the Gorge. I hiked as far as I could until I got to a cliff wall. I then traversed over a couple hundred yards of slippery rocks at the bottom of the cliff until I found this perfect vantage point.

Nikon D7100, Tokina AT-X 11-16mm F2.8 PRO DX at 11mm, Singh-Ray polarizer. Exposure: 1/13 sec., ƒ/8, ISO 400.
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Third Place Arif Abdullah
Painted Sunset

Living in the San Francisco Bay area, I have the privilege of enjoying California’s Pacific coast quite often. No matter how many times I visit this majestic stretch, it never ceases to amaze me. The rugged beauty of Big Sur’s McWay Falls overlook at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park always takes my breath away irrespective of time and season. But surely, the magical sunset in autumn of 2016 that I tried to capture in this shot was unforgettable. The golden-yellow shades of the sky, the translucent turquoise waves, the shimmering waterfall and the evening mist juxtaposed so perfectly as if painted on an artist’s canvas. This image is composed of two exposures blended manually to bring out the wide dynamic range of the actual scene.

Sony a7R, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM at 19mm, Metabones adapter, Breakthrough Photography X4 polarizer, Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT tripod. Exposure (sky): 0.6 sec., ƒ/20, ISO 100. Exposure (foreground): 5 sec., ƒ/20, ISO 100.
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Finalist Dave Drost
Zion

Photo of the Virgin River flowing toward the Watchman mountain during a Fall sunset at Zion National Park.
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9th Annual Nature’s Colors Photo Contest Winners
see all the finalists at Outdoor Photographer

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Landscapes by Grzegorz Lewandowski

Landscapes by Grzegorz Lewandowski

Poranek na Morawach
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Morawskie pola
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Morawski klasyk 😉
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Morawskie pola
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Morawy winnica
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Landscapes by Grzegorz Lewandowski
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Nightlife in Singapore – A photographer’s perspective

Apart from being a sprawling metropolis, Singapore is also a fabulous photographic destination. At dusk, Singapore transforms itself into a glittering extravaganza of light and colour that makes it irresistible for photographers. A creative eye, a decent camera and a tripod is all that you need to photograph this vibrant city at night. From popular tourist attractions like the Merlion Park to the lesser known Johor Straits, you have an ample choice of hotspots to explore and capture.

Antara Sharma is a software engineer by profession and extremely passionate about photography. Her passion for photography has stemmed from her undying love towards nature and wildlife, which is reflected in most of her earlier images. Gradually, however, Antara has managed to venture into travel, food and architecture photography. Her current camera gear includes a Sony A7R II and a Nikon D500, accompanied by a wide variety of lenses.
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Nightlife in Singapore – A photographer’s perspective
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Reflections by Ed Gordeev

Reflections
Eduard Gordeev Photography

осень на Вуоксе..
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храм Покрова на Нерли ..
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холодный апрель в селе Дунилово…
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Кирилло-Белозерский монастырь…
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Вуокса..Апрель..
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Гордеев Эдуард | Eduard Gordeev
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La beauté du Japon prend des airs d’aquarelles | Takashi Komatsubara

Le Japon est un pays magnifique : sa nature est régulièrement célébrée par les artistes de l’image que ce soit au printemps ou tout au long des autres saisons. Pour ce qui est de Takashi Komatsubara, ses photos enchanteresses rappellent une nouvelle fois la fascinante beauté de ce pays.

Frozen Autumn Woods
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Shadow of TORII
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Ray of Light
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“Sur ces Photos la Beauté du Japon Prend des Airs d’Aquarelles — by Nat”
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Deep Forest
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Wanderlust

Explore your inner adventurer with culture-infused fashion, vibrant colour, embellishments and embroidery.
Photography Niquita Bento, Fashion Cleo Marcopoulos, Model Zoe MacFarlane
Shot on location at Cape to Cuba, Kalk Bay

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Wanderlust
Zoe MacFarlane by Niquita Bento

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A Culinary Hommage to Olle Bærtling

A Culinary Hommage to Olle Bærtling
What a lovely and colorful still life editorial! Photographer Philip Karlberg simply shot fruits and graphic patterns for this gorgeous culinary hommage to late Swedish artist Olle Bærtling.

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A Culinary Hommage to Olle Bærtling
Photographer Philip Karlberg
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by Cyril Foiret
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