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2022 Photo Contest Winners

Grand Prize - Chao Zhang

Chao Zhang - Storms and Saguaros
  • A winning image must be very eye-catching, unique, and engaging and this image ticks all the boxes.
  • With daytime lightning, it's not easy to get a shot that the lightning triggers picks up AND has sufficient contrast behind the bolt to make it readily visible against the background.
  • Beautiful natural spotlighting right over the isolated storm cell that brings the viewer's eye directly to the bolt.
  • Perfect cloud structure  to create diagonal leading elements along with just enough foreground (i.e. land) to give the photo a sense of place.
  • The post-processing was carefully done to really highlight the available light and cloud contrast.

Second Place - Julie Edwards

Julie Edwards - Bisti Badlands
  • Milky Way panoramic images with low noise and well-exposed foregrounds are quite difficult to capture.
  • The blue-hour foreground is perfectly processed for the best blend with the noise-free night sky.
  • Tastefully processed Milky Way with a natural look throughout.

Third Place - Fred Walder (tie)

Fred Walder - Tornado Alley
  • As anyone who has chased storms will tell you, it takes a lot of time, patience, and some luck to capture an image like this.
  • Fred not only caught an impressive supercell with a clean foreground but got multiple lightning bolts along with rays of light!

Third Place - Patti Andre (Tie)

Patti Andre - Death Valley
  • Not many images are unique enough to stop you in your tracks. Patti did just that with this creative image.
  • The foreground tree has an animalistic appearance and the high-key processing of the dunes brought this image to life!

2022 Rockstar Awards

Sid Ghosh - Death Valley
Doug Punzel 900px Rockstar
Doug Punzel - Utah Badlands
Marci Saaijenga 900px Rockstar Award
Marci Saaijenga - Palouse Spring

2022 Action Photog Finalists

2021 Photo Contest Winners

Grand Prize - Dennis Yee

Dennis Yee - Bisti Badlands
  • Eye-catching composition with a definite wow factor.  The rocks on the left side create a strong diagonal line that leads the viewer’s eye right to the prominent feature. The image is well balanced by the sky and the rocks on the right side.
  • Well-controlled post-processing that retains the soft texture of the clouds and gives it a longer exposure look.
  • Gorgeous utilization of the post-sunset glow to give the badland features depth and luminous quality.  This is one of those images you want to sit and ponder for a while.

Second Place - Eva Dorman

Eva Dorman - Cypress Swamps
  • Dreamy, atmospheric mood that invokes a sense of mystery.
  • Great sense of depth by using shallow depth of field-the closest tree is sharp while the trees further back are soft. This enhances the perceived depth of the image.
  • Clean and eye-catching composition without distracting details in the water and around the edges of the image.

Third Place - Rajiv Bhambri

Rajiv Bhambri
  • Great use of light and shadow contrast to allow the eye to carefully move through the scene.
  • The image naturally divides into horizontal thirds. The bottom third has the deepest shadows, the middle third has the best accent light, and the upper third adds a sense of mystery as it fades to pure white. It leaves the viewer wondering what is beyond the horizon.
  • Subtle post-processing creates an artistic and soft mood. It feels less like a photo and more like a piece of fine art.

2021 Rockstar Awards

Andrew Steptoe - Bisti Badlands
Doug Punzel - N. Utah Fall Colors
Kim Nordby - Slot Canyon

2021 Action Photog Finalists

2020 Action Photog Winners

2019 Action Photog Winners