First Place Winner Kendall Rittenour

Rushing Creek Below Moraine Lake

Congratulations to Kendall Rittenour who’s the First Place winner of this year’s Focus On Nature photo contest. Thanks to sponsorship from Ilford, Rittenour will receive $1,000 in cash and a $500 gift certificate for Ilford paper products. Rittenour describes the winning photo: “I’ve been to Moraine Lake many times, but this time I tried a fresh perspective. Instead of the typical vantage point everyone shoots, I saw people walking over this creek on their way to the main lookout and knew it would make a great foreground. I balanced on some rocks in the creek to capture the shot.”

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L USM , heavy-duty tripod


Second Place Winner Leif Smith

Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls under the Milky Way. Gear: Nikon D600, Tokina 16-28mm f2.8


Honorable Mention Ajit Menon

Aurora, Uttakleiv

A lovely aurora swirl over the beach in Uttakleiv in the Lofoten Islands of Norway.
Gear: D800, Zeiss 21mm


People's Choice Winner Miles Morgan

The Snake

Getting close to an active ocean entry is extremely dangerous, and one must constantly be looking out for explosions. Between retreats, I was able to get a couple of up-close images.
Gear: Nikon D800E, Nikon 14-24, RRS Tripod and Ballhead

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