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Grand Prize Winner - Jason Heritage
Grand Prize Winner
Jason Heritage
Danger Approaches
On July 23, 2012, after leaving Badlands, my brother and I were headed west to see Mount Rushmore and Wind Cave. Little did we know we were heading into a forest fire that was raging out of control. Wind Cave was shut down, so we diverted to our backup camping plan...KOA. Fortunately, for us, Hot Springs KOA was only a short ride away. After arriving, we cleaned up and had dinner before we heard the early signs that a storm was brewing just to our south. We checked our weather apps and saw that this was a particularly strong storm that was producing large hail. Despite the approaching danger, we foolhardily decided to get a better vantage point of the new peril.

What we witnessed was absolutely amazing! The setting sun's rays were shooting over the mountain ridge to our west and striking just beneath the clouds, illuminating the sheets of rain as they fell. The orange glow of the rain was complemented with intense white lightning strikes that pulsated repeatedly. The storm's electric intensity increased my chances of landing a shot of lightning, without a tripod, I might add! By slowing down my shutter speed to 1⁄40 sec. and holding my breath, I was able to acquire nine out of 13 shots with lightning. Immediately after we ran to the safety of our vehicle, we watched as the storm nearly ripped our tents out of the ground. Nikon D7000, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G ED VR
First Place - Frank Comisar
1st Prize Winner
Frank Comisar
People's Choice - Joshua Cripps
People's Choice Winner
Joshua Cripps
Honorable Mention - Max Vuong
Honorable Mention
Max Vuong
Honorable Mention -Adam Hill
Honorable Mention
Adam Hill
Honorable Mention - Dave Smaldone
Honorable Mention
Dave Smaldone
 
 
Grand Prize Package:
  • Publication of the winning photo in Outdoor Photographer
  • GigaPan's EPIC Pro for DSLR Cameras
  • A Gitzo GT2532S Series 2 Systematic 3-Section tripod and GH2780QR Center Ball head
  • Tamrac's Evolution 8 photo backpack
  • A 32GB Professional 600x SDHC UHS-1 media card from Lexar
  • A Compact HoodLoupe from Hoodman USA
  • A Location/Portrait lighting kit from LumiQuest
  • A 16x20 print of the winning photo from Duggal
  • Online publication of the winning photo in the Winners Gallery
First Place Package:
  • GigaPan's EPIC 100 Robotic Camera Mount
  • A Manfrotto 190CXPRO4-M0Q4 Carbon Fiber tripod and head kit
  • Tamrac's Rally 5 Camera/Netbook/iPad bag
  • A 16GB Platinum II SDHC USH-1 media card from Lexar
  • A Ready For Anything lighting kit from LumiQuest
  • A 16x20 print of the winning photo from Duggal
  • Online publication of the winning photo in the Winners Gallery
People's Choice Award:
  • GigaPan's EPIC Robotic Camera Mount
  • Online publication of the winning photo in the Winners Gallery
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