2019 The American Landscape Contest Finalists

We received more than 1,700 submissions to our 2019 The American Landscape Photography Contest. The following slideshow displays our 25 finalist images, as well as the three winning shots!

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Photographer: Matt Meisenheimer

Description: The cliffs of the Nā Pali Coast rise over 4,000 feet from the shoreline below. It's a magnificent thing to see. The mountains of Kauai are some of the most unique out there. They give you the feeling that you're living in a prehistoric environment that existed millions of years ago. I ran into some phenomenal conditions while hiking around the Kalalau Valley during a recent trip. I scrambled to find a suitable composition and came across this scene. I liked how the lone tree was catching light and I felt the rainbows were spaced perfectly with the tree. It was very windy and wet, so the challenge was freezing motion in the vegetation and keeping my lens dry. I shot at a higher ISO to get a faster shutter speed and used a towel to dry my lens. I'd shoot a few frames, dry and cover my lens, take a few frames and repeat. Thankfully, my effort paid off and my resulting images were clean and sharp. This image portrays one of the most incredible events that I have had the opportunity to photograph.

Gear & Settings: Nikon D810, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 w/ circular polarizer, Really Right Stuff TVC-24L, Really Right Stuff BH-55. Exposure: 1/50 sec., f/16, ISO 400.

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