First Prize Winner Steven Castro

Tenaya Lake Evening - Yosemite

I captured this image in October while my son and I were traveling to the east side of the Sierra to photograph the fall colors. I’ve driven by Tenaya Lake many times, but never stopped to explore until the evening I took this photograph. We initially tried various compositions closer to the road with less than satisfactory results. With the light fading, we made our way west until we found this composition. My first 30 sec. exposure was too short, so I went with a 60 sec. exposure and used my headlamp to light up the rocks in the foreground.


Second Place Winner David Halgrimson

Mt Rundell Reflections

This shot was taken in September 2012, in the evening as the sun was setting, with a Canon 5D, 28-135mm lens at 28mm, ƒ/16, .6 secs. and ISO 100 on a tripod. We were a group from Arizona Highways Photo Workshops, and I wandered off from the group looking for something unique, and noticed this little island with its great shape and lighting. I tried many angles and finally climbed an embankment about eight feet high, where I could look down on the island instead of straight at it, and ended up with this image. An added plus were the rocks in the water at the base of the island; using a polarizer helped make the rocks stand out. Postprocessing was done in CS5.


Honarable Mention Rolland Gelly

Miss Snowy

By a realy cold day in Mirabel Québec Canada. Gear: Nikon 70-300 4.5 5.6 VR


Honarable Mention Frank Ruggles

The Clearing

Tunnel View in Yosemite is a photographer’s favorite, I’ve revisited this spot many time hoping to see something different. This day, I saw the fog and the light actually working together for once! What a scene it was! Gear: Nikon D800E, 24-70 f2.8


People's Choice Winner Saija Lehtonen

A Sonoran Desert Sunrise

It was one of those extraordinary sunrises over the Sonoran Desert as the sun started to peek through the cloudy skies. Gear: Nikon D7000

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Outdoor Photographer 5th Annual The Great Outdoors Official Rules