6th Annual Nature’s Colors Photo Contest Winners

First Place Winner Leif Smith

Meteoric Meadow

Congratulations to the winners of our 2013 Nature’s Colors contest. We received over 9,300 entries for the contest, and from that group we selected 42 Finalists. The top selections from the Finalists are on these pages. Congratulations to all, and thanks to our sponsors Epson, Gitzo, Lexar, Manfrotto, Duggal Visual Solutions, Tamrac, Hoodman and LumiQuest.

“I knew I had maybe two nights to capture the Perseid meteor shower, so I headed up to Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood and took the Pacific Crest Trail a mile or so away from the lodge and set everything up in this lupine meadow. This night was actually just supposed to be a test to see what I could get; it turned out to be just what I was looking for!” – Leif Smith

Nikon D600, Tokina AT-X 16-28mm ƒ/2.8 Pro FX

2nd Place Winner Bob Kim

Gullfoss Sunset, Iceland

Lenticular cloud sunset at Gullfoss, Iceland. Gear: Hasselblad H3D 39

Honorable Mention Max Seigal

Patagonia Rainbow

Honorable Mention Nicolaus Wegner

Danger Close

Three bolts strike at the same moment along the edge of a building MCS at sunset.

Honorable Mention Darren White

The Release

A storm over the ocean produces enough rain to create a double rainbow as the Sun rises over my shoulder. Gear: Canon 5DMKII 17-40L

Honorable Mention Dean Cobin

Mist(ical) Morning

Pre Dawn Shot at Little Long Pond , as the night turned to day the fall colors reveal themselves . Gear: Canon 5D MII 24-70

People's Choice Winner David Schoonover

Pele's Creation

On the Big Island (Hawai’i), a 30-year continuous eruption from the Pu’u O’o vent of Kilauea has created numerous lava flows, that sometimes reach the ocean. Here, in Kalapana, fresh lava is flowing into the sea, where it cools and helps create new land. This shot was taken about half-an-hour before sunrise. Gear: Canon 5D MkIII, Canon EF 24-70mm zoon, Induro tripod, Really Right Stuff ballhead

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