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April 27th, 2016

Try Out A Telephoto Assignment Winner Gary Kunkel

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo By Gary Kunkel
Congratulations to Gary Kunkel, whose image “Bear Cub Resting In A Tree” is the winner of the Try Out A Telephoto Assignment! “I’m fortunate to live close enough to Sequoia National Park to have the opportunity to visit it several times a year,” said Kunkel. “There are few better places to photograph black bears than …
April 20th, 2016

Shooting A Concept Assignment Winner Teri Franzen

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Congratulations to Teri Franzen, whose image “Courtship On The Pond” is the winner of the Shooting A Concept Assignment! “Wood ducks in upstate New York are notoriously difficult to approach,” explained Franzen. “Actually, impossible to get near. But in the autumn of 2014, just before they left for the winter, I had moderate success in …
April 5th, 2016

National Parks, Monuments, Forests And Public Lands Assignment Winner Jordan Edgcomb

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo by Jordan Edgcomb
  Congratulations to Jordan Edgcomb, whose image “Sunset On Schwabacher’s” is the winner of the National Parks, Monuments, Forests And Public Lands Assignment! “In late May in Grand Teton National Park, the snow still rests on the peaks of the iconic Tetons, outside of Jackson, Wyoming,” said Edgcomb. “Using a B+W 10-stop neutral-density filter, I …
March 14th, 2016

Winter Waterfowl Assignment Winner Carla DeDominicis

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo by Carla DeDominicis
Congratulations to Carla DeDominicis for winning the Winter Waterfowl Assignment! The Kushiro-shitsugen National Park on the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan, where this image was captured, is haunted by hordes of photographers from all countries. We stand side-by-each, elbow-to-elbow with our 500 to 600mm lens scoped on the Red Crowned Cranes that reside there, waiting …

March 2nd, 2016

Winter Black And White Assignment Winner Harry Lichtman

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Harry Lichtman
Congratulations to Harry Lichtman for winning the Winter Black And White Assignment! “My perfect winter day includes big snow storms and turbulent weather since the chance for dramatic images increase,” said Lichtman. “Blue-bird winter days can be a bit boring for my style of photography. Wind-driven snow produced this slightly abstract image, as the sun …

February 24th, 2016

Shapes Of Winter Assignment Winner Beamie Young

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo by Beamie Young
Congratulations to Beamie Young for winning the Shapes Of Winter Assignment! “Patterns, especially in nature, have always been an attraction for me,” said Young. “I’m not usually a big fan of cold weather, but when the temperature gets down to zero or below I start getting excited about the opportunities to find great ice patterns. …

February 9th, 2016

Snow & Ice Scenes Assignment Winner Waldemar Matusik

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
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Congratulations to Waldemar Matusik of Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, for winning the Snow & Ice Scenes Assignment! “I’m pretty new, I just started my journey with photography not long ago,” he explained. “Sometimes we travel for miles to take nice pictures, but I didn’t even realize that we have great spots just around us. This was …
February 3rd, 2016

Your Best Photo Of 2015 Assignment Winner Anthony Bonafede

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo by Anthony Bonafede
  Congratulations to Anthony Bonafede, whose image “Winter’s Twilight” is the winner of the Your Best Photo Of 2015 Assignment! “During the last week of December, my son Vincent and I had planned to photograph the Three Brothers in Yosemite with the recently fallen snow,” explained Bonafede. “A classic shot and a sought-after image for the …
January 27th, 2016

Tell Us A Story Assignment Winner Tim Williams

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
"Sandblast Sunset" By Tim Williams
Congratulations to Tim Williams, whose image “Sandblast Sunset” and the story behind the shot won the Tell Us A Story Assignment. “Wandering the dunes on our first-ever evening at White Sands National Monument, my friend and I marveled at the dramatically collapsing lines. Indeed, that’s all we focused on, as the sky was rather drab, …

January 20th, 2016

Close-Up Nature Assignment Winner Rick McPherson

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo by Rick McPherson
Congratulations to Rick McPherson, whose image “Bee on Flower” is the winner of the Close-Up Nature Assignment! “I was at a local botanical garden—Botanica, The Wichita Gardens—taking advantage of a warm day in late October.  I was surprised to see a few bees buzzing around the flowers, and I thought this could be my last …