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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 …
January 12th, 2016

Autumn Sunsets Assignment Winner Denis Dessoliers

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
"Flow To The West" by Denis Dessoliers
Congratulations to Denis Dessoliers for winning the Autumn Sunsets assignment! “On November 3, 2015, my good friends Larry and Doug along with myself decided to head out to Zion National Park, Utah, to get a shot of the Watchman Tower. To our surprise, we arrived along with roughly a hundred photographers lined up on the …
December 30th, 2015

Stormy Weather Assignment Winner Susan Taylor

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
"Yosemite National Park Light Show" By Susan Taylor
Congratulations to Susan Taylor for winning the Stormy Weather Assignment! “This one has a story . . . Was it worth it?” said Taylor. “Well, I was pretty tired after spending a sleepless but spectacular night in Yosemite while counting over 50+ strikes of thunder and lightning (some two miles away) while parked at Tunnel View. I …
December 2nd, 2015

iPhone + Instagram Assignment Winner Jeff Sullivan

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo by Jeff Sullivan
Congratulations to Jeff Sullivan for winning the iPhone + Instagram Assignment! “While on a 3,500-mile lap of the Western United States and Canada, I came across this scene one morning in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, and it was unique and compelling enough that I had to pull over and capture it,” explains Sullivan. “Single exposures …
November 18th, 2015

Fall Wildlife Assignment Winner Brendan Watt

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo By Brendan Watt
Congratulations to Brendan Watt who won the Fall Wildlife Assignment! “This photo was taken in the beautiful and rugged Bridger Mountain Range in Southwest Montana,” says Watt. “I was doing a photo shoot at a friend of mine’s place called Animals of Montana, where they raise and train animals for photography and video. Smokey the mountain lion was 11 …
November 11th, 2015

Fall Colors Assignment Winner John Mumaw

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
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  Congratulations to John Mumaw for winning the Fall Colors Assignment! “Autumn in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado sees hundreds of photographers visiting the area from throughout the world,” Mumaw says. “And deservedly so, as the combination of golden aspens and colorful oak brush provide a stunning complement to the beautiful mountain scenery.The lower …

November 5th, 2015

Sidelight Assignment Winner Doug Croft

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
A family group of Elephants crosses the Sand River in MalaMala Game Reserve, South Africa.  The light was Surreal!
Congratulations to Doug Croft for winning the Sidelight Assignment! “This photo was taken on safari at MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa with Wild4 Photo Safaris,” Croft says. “We sat in our vehicle as five different family groups of elephants, about 125 in all, crossed the river toward us.  Soon we were surrounded and spent the …