Congratulations to Eleanor Caputo, whose photograph of Mono Lake, California, earns top honors in OP's Your Favorite Places 2009 Photo Contest. Prizes include $1,000, a Tamrac Aero Speed Pack 85 Dual Access Photo/Laptop Backpack, a Duggal 16x24-inch print of her photo and a Gitzo GT2541 Carbon Fiber tripod with GH2780QR head.
As she passed by the lake on a spontaneous drive to Death Valley last spring, Caputo found the clear sky and calm water so inspiring that she instantly saw her shot. "I walked around a bit to find my composition, and then I spotted the little white piece of driftwood perfectly and naturally placed on the shallow shores," she recalls. "It made a great foreground anchor to help give the image depth and perspective."
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Grand Prize Package: Publication of your photo in an upcoming issue of Outdoor Photographer, $1,000 cash, a Tamrac Aero Speed Pack 85 Dual Access Photo/Laptop Backpack, a Duggal 16 x 24 print of the winning photo and one Gitzo GT2541 Carbon Fiber tripod and GH2780QR head.
First Place Package: A Tamrac 5768 Pro Photo Sling Pack, a Duggal printed 16 x 24 print of the winning photo and a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 and 486RC2 head.
People's Choice Award: Online publication of the winning photo in the Winners Gallery and one Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum tripod and 804RC2 head.