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Grand Prize Bill Tuttle

Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake

EQUIPMENT:
• Deardorff 4×5 Special view camera
• Fujichrome Velvia
• Zone 6 wooden tripod and light meter
• Nikkor-W 135mm. lens
• B&W polarizer
• B&W KR3 warming filter

I arrived at Maroon Lake well before sunrise and selected a location at the lake’s shore for a shot. It is important to note that about 8:00 a.m. all traffic into the park may be limited to buses, so if one wishes to capture sunrise light or spend the day hiking the area, it is vital to arrive early.

The skies were disappointingly cloudy as sunrise came and passed without any good light. After a couple hours of waiting I began looking around for other possible subjects and found one opposite the Bells, so I changed lenses and was composing the image when I sensed something was happening behind me. Turning toward the Bells I saw an oval break in the clouds with the peaks poking through and a beam of sunlight striking the western slopes and moving downward towards the lake. Immediately I turned the camera around, changed the lens, and refocused on the Bells and their reflection in the lake. The shaft of light had now passed to the foreground aspen below the peaks. I quickly took a reading and made the shot just as sunlight highlighted the aspen directly beneath the Bells. This amazing moment gained double intensity by being reflected in the dark waters of Maroon Lake! I inserted another film holder to get a second shot, but the light faded before I could release the shutter and so the magic moment was gone.

The incident caused me to reflect on two important principles. First, how important it is, especially using a view camera, to know one’s equipment so well that rapid changes can successfully be made in crisis moments. And second, to condition one’s mind to be constantly alert to fortuitous moments that may arise spontaneously and give only brief opportunity for capturing special images!

 

Second Prize Matt Anderson

Grand Teton Twilight Afterglow

Having seen the magnificent Grand Teton range in photos for many years, I decided to plan a trip and capture my own version of this monumental place.

This is a multiple exposure of the Grand Tetons with a pre-dawn glow, light painting, and the Milky Way above; a long exposure for the sky and stars (25 seconds), a second exposure with light painting (bulb mode), and a third exposure of the first light bathing the mountaintops (1/8 second), all taken hours apart. Below you can see the Snake River twisting through the scene. Some distant smoke and fog layers the hillside and mountain bases. If you’re meticulous with your execution and processing, I think you’ll find amazing star captures can be obtained without using an AstroTrac.

Processed in Lightroom and blended in Photoshop. The combination of a Nikon D800E and the 14-24mm f/2.8 AF-S with cable release makes a formidable combination that can obtain superior results with good technique, careful planning, and at times, some luck! – Matt Anderson

Equipment and settings: Nikon D800E, Nikkor AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED zoom lens, MC-36 Multi-Function Remote Cord (cable release), Carbon tripod with Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead with PCL-1 panning clamp. And a very warm coat! – Multiple exposure: 25 second exposure (sky and stars), 1/8th second (mountaintop glow), Bulb mode open exposure (light painting for foreground) – aperture N/AHere’s what you need. This image is quite special. Meticulous in planning and execution.

I really like the foreground trees with the remains of some golden leaves. It looked like Christmas trees with glowing yellow lights. Even though the Milky Way is the main draw, the contrasting branches to the darker trees behind is what catches my eyes. I’m a sucker for intricate branches and detailed contrasting elements.

 

Third Prize Jacek Borkowski

Nature

At daybreak, the first rays of sunlight expose a chilly March morning. The slowly meandering fog reflects the golden light mystifying the landscape. This was a moment where one can only dream to freeze it in time. Driving through the tiny town of Cromwell, Connecticut, I was lucky to witness and capture this spectacle.

In terms of the technical side of things, I took this photograph using a Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 24 – 105mm f4.0 lens on manual with an aperture of 8.0 and shutter speed of 1/125s.

Grand Prize

  • $2,000 cash prize
  • Tamron SP 15-30mm ƒ/2.8 Di USD lens (your choice of Sony A mount, Canon EF mount or Nikon mount)
  • Solo w/ 3 Axis gimbal for GoPro from 3DR
  • Anvil 27 camera bag from Tamrac
  • 2 Vest System from Cotton Carrier
  • (5) Five Sample Boxes from Moab Paper
  • (1) 24×36-Metal Print with Gallery Frame Stand Out Mount from McKenna Imaging
  • Hardcover, high-quality Bay Photo photo book featuring winners and all finalists
  • (1) SIRUI W-2204 Waterproof Carbon-Fiber Tripod
  • (1) ExpoDisc 2.0 77mm White-Balance Filter
  • Your image showcased in a special multi-spread feature in OP
  • Your winning entry as the cover image on OP Facebook page
  • Publication in the OP online Winners’ gallery
  • Zinio digital one-year subscription to OP

Second Prize

  • $500 cash prize
  • Goblin lens pouch from Tamrac
  • (1) 16×24-Metal Print with Gallery Frame Stand Out Mount from McKenna Imaging
  • (1) ExpoDisc 2.0 77mm White-Balance filter
  • (3) Three Sample Boxes from Moab Paper
  • (1) SIRUI W-1204 Waterproof Carbon-Fiber Tripod
  • Hardcover, high-quality Bay Photo photo book featuring winners and all finalists
  • Your image showcased in a special multi-spread feature in OP
  • Publication in the OP online Winners’ gallery
  • Zinio digital one-year subscription to OP

Third Prize

  • Goblin lens pouch from Tamrac
  • (1) 16×24-Metal Print with Gallery Frame Stand Out Mount from McKenna Imaging
  • (2) Two Sample Boxes from Moab Paper
  • Hardcover, high-quality Bay Photo photo book featuring winners and all finalists
  • (1) SIRUI W-1004 Waterproof Carbon-Fiber Tripod
  • (1) ExpoDisc 2.0 77mm White-Balance Filter
  • Your image showcased in a special multi-spread feature in OP
  • Publication in the OP online Winners’ gallery
  • Zinio digital one-year subscription to OP

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here, please send us an email at[email protected] with the following details:

  1. The name of the contest (2016 American Landscape)
  2. Your username
  3. The image ID # (if applicable)
  4. The exact nature of your problem

Q: Who may enter?

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Contest is open to individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry and who do NOT reside in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria.

Q: How do I enter?

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On the competition portal nav bar, click “Submit Images.” You’ll need to be logged in to your Outdoor Photographer account to enter. If you don’t have an account, click here to register for your free account. You may also log in using your Facebook account through the Connect With Facebook option.

Q: In what format should I submit my photos?

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Each photograph must be submitted in .JPG or .GIF format and cannot exceed 4 MB in size.

Q: How many photos may I enter?

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For this contest, we allow up to at least one photo per order (with a $25 entry fee) and up to three photos per order (with a $35 entry fee for three). Simply visit the entry page at http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/tal2016 and the system will determine your order status.

Q: Is my credit card information secure?

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Absolutely! The payment form is hosted on our secure payment processor’s site and your credit card information (including your physical address) is submitted directly to the applicable credit card company through 256-bit encrypted pages. The header graphic is the only non-secure item on the payment page and only your email and the success/failure message of the transaction are submitted back to our site.

Q: Can I pass the word on this competition to my friends, classmates, Facebook/Twitter followers, etc.?

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Yes, please! The link to the contest portal is http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/tal2016

Q: Do I have to print or mail in my photos?

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No. Please upload entries using the online entry form. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Q: Can I process my photos using Photoshop or another image-processing program?

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Yes.

Q: When will the winners be notified?

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July 2016

Q: When will the winners be announced?

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The winners’ photos will be published in a special multi-spread feature in the October 2016 issue of Outdoor Photographer. All winners will be announced online sometime in August 2016.

Q: What are the prizes?

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See the contest landing page or the official rules for a complete list of contest prizes.

Q: When I try to enter online, I get an error message. What's going on?

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If your attempts at entering online aren’t successful, our system might be struggling. Try waiting a few minutes, then clear your browser’s cache and cookies—you might even try restarting your computer—and go to the online entry page again.

Additionally, title your photos with alphanumeric characters only. Please don’t use apostrophes, ampersands or any other character symbol, as doing so may cause errors during uploading.

Q: I've tried clearing my cache and cookies, and I even bought a new computer. The online entry form just isn't working for me.

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Double-check that the size of your images meets our requirements. If all else fails, send us an email at [email protected]. In your email, please indicate:

  1. The name of the contest (2016 American Landscape)
  2. Your username
  3. The image ID # (if applicable)
  4. The exact nature of your problem

Official Rules

Outdoor Photographer The American Landscape 2016 Official Rules

ELIGIBILITY: The Outdoor Photographer The American Landscape 2016 Annual Photo Contest (“Contest”) is open only to individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry and who do NOT reside in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria. Employees of Madavor Media, LLC, Tamron, Inc. (“Sponsors”), and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child and sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate or win. Sponsors reserve the right to verify all eligibility requirements. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. CONTEST IS VOID IN CUBA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA, SUDAN, SYRIA AND WHERE PROHIBITED.

CONTEST PERIOD: The Contest will begin on April 12, 2016, at 12:01 a.m. PT, and end on June 28, 2016 (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 12, 2016) at 11:59 p.m. PT (the “Contest Period”). Please Note: A non-refundable one-time entry fee of $25.00 per entry and $35 for three entries is required to submit an entry in this Contest (“Entry Fee”). An additional fee of $10 is required for each entry ($35) or group of three entries ($45) received between June 15, 2016, at 12:00 a.m. PST and June 28, 2016 (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 12, 2016) at 11:59 p.m. PST

HOW TO ENTER: Visit http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/tal2016 and follow the directions provided to (i) complete site registration (if necessary) or login process, (ii) follow the payment instructions provided to pay the non-refundable Entry Fee of $25.00 per entry or $35 for three entries, (iii) and complete and submit the online entry form. All entries must be received by June 28, 2016 (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 12, 2016), at 11:59 p.m. PT to be eligible. Each photograph must be submitted in .JPG or .GIF format and cannot exceed 4 MB in size

Please note: Entries submitted online will be eligible for (i) the First Place Prize (as described below), (ii) Second Place Prize (as described below), (iii) Third Place Prize (as described below), and (iv) Finalist Prize (as described below).

Entry must be the original work of the entrant and entrant must be the sole owner of the copyright of such entry. Entry must be in keeping with the Sponsors’ image and may not be inappropriate or offensive, as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion, nor can it defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or property rights or any other third-party rights. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any entry they deem to be offensive, inappropriate, that is not in keeping with Sponsors’ image or that is otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these Official Rules. Entrant must have obtained express written consent to submit any entry that contains persons other than entrant or third-party elements not owned by entrant and, if requested to do so, produce such written consent from appropriate parties in a form and manner acceptable to the Sponsors.

By submitting an Entry, entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsors may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest and/or other contests staged and/or promoted by the Sponsors, and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest and/or other contests sponsored by the Sponsors or submitted for other reasons or other materials developed by the Sponsors. Entrant waives any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any Entry and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the entrant may be similar to his/her Entry, or that any compensation is due to entrant in connection with such Entry or other works used by Sponsors.

FIRST PLACE PRIZE JUDGING: One (1) potential First Place Prize winner, one (1) potential Second Place winner, one (1) potential Third Place winner, and up to twenty-five (25) potential Finalists will be determined from among all eligible entries received by a panel of qualified judges, based equally on the following criteria: Adherence to Theme, Composition and Creativity/Originality (“Judging Criteria”). The entrants who submitted the entry receiving the highest scores, as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion, will be the potential winners and finalists respectively.

In the event of a tie for any prize, an additional “tie-breaking” judge will determine the applicable winner or finalists from among those tied using the Criteria. The Sponsors reserve the right to not award any prize if, in their sole discretion, an insufficient number of eligible and qualified entries are received. Decisions of the Sponsors and judges are final and binding.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Potential winners will be notified by telephone, mail and/or e-mail between July 12, 2016, and September 20, 2016, and will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and, unless prohibited, a Publicity Release, a W-9 Form and any additional documents that may be required by prize provider within fourteen (14) days of date of issuance. If any potential winner is an eligible minor in his or her jurisdiction of residence, prize may, at the Sponsors’ discretion, be awarded in the name of the parent or legal guardian, and such parent or legal guardian will be required to fulfill all requirements imposed on winners set forth herein. Noncompliance with this time period or with these Official Rules, or the return of any prize notification as undeliverable, may result in disqualification and, at the Sponsors’ discretion, the prize will be awarded to an applicable runner-up.

PRIZES:
First Place Prize: $2,000 (U$D) cash prize, (1) Tamron SP15-30 mm ƒ/2.8 Di USD lens (winner’s choice of Sony A mount, Canon EF mount or Nikon mount) (ARV $1,199); (1) 3DR Solo Drone with 3-Axis gimbal for GoPro (ARV $999); (1) Anvil 27 camera bag from Tamrac (ARV $289); (5) Moab Sampler Packs (ARV 119.75); (1) Cotton Carrier 2 Vest System (ARV $189); (1) 24×46 Metal Print With Gallery Frame Stand Out Mount from McKenna Imaging (ARV $207.95), (1) Sirui W-2204 tripod (ARV $400); (1) ExpoDisc 2.0 77mm filter (ARV $49.95); (1) one-year Zinio Subscription to Outdoor Photographer Magazine (ARV $10.50); placement as OP Facebook Cover Photo (ARV priceless); publication in a special multi-spread feature in the October 2016 issue of Outdoor Photographer (ARV priceless); hardcover, high-quality Bay Photo “BayBook” photo book of winners and finalists (ARV $53). First Place ARV: $5,518

Second Place Prize: $500 (U$D) cash prize, (1) Goblin lens pouch from Tamrac (ARV $18.95); (1) one-year Zinio Subscription to Outdoor Photographer Magazine (ARV $10.50); (3) Moab Sampler Packs (ARV $71.85); (1) 16×24 Metal Print with Stand Out Mount from McKenna Imaging (ARV $90.95); (1) Sirui W-1204 tripod (ARV $380); (1) ExpoDisc 2.0 77mm filter (ARV $49.95); publication in a special multi-spread feature in the October 2016 issue of Outdoor Photographer (ARV priceless); hardcover, high-quality Bay Photo “BayBook” photo book of winners and finalists (ARV $53). Second Place ARV: $1,175

Third Place Prize: (1) Goblin lens pouch from Tamrac (ARV $18.95); (1) one-year Zinio Subscription to Outdoor Photographer Magazine (ARV $10.50); (2) Moab Sampler Packs (ARV $47.90); (1) Sirui W-1004 (ARV $200); (1) ExpoDisc 2.0 77mm filter (ARV $49.95); publication in a special multi-spread feature in the October 2016 issue of Outdoor Photographer (ARV priceless); (1) 16×24 Metal Print with Stand Out Mount from McKenna Imaging (ARV $90.95); hardcover, high-quality Bay Photo “BayBook” photo book of winners and finalists (ARV $53). Current Third Place ARV: $471

Finalists Prize: (25): Hardcover high-quality BayPhoto BayBook photo book ($53 each)

Current total ARV of all prizes: currently $8,734.

If, for any reason, the Sponsors do not feature any of the winning entries in Outdoor Photographer Magazine in the October 2016 issue, no compensation or substitution will be provided; however, remainder of prize package will be awarded and the Sponsors will have no further obligation to winners. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. No substitution, cash equivalent or transfer of prizes permitted by winners. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, in their sole discretion. All federal, state and local taxes as well as any costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being awarded are sole responsibility of each winner. Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by the Sponsors. Limit one (1)prize per household.

USE OF ENTRY: By submitting an entry, entrant grants the Sponsors and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use the entry and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes in Sponsors’ online galleries, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. In addition, each winner grants to the Sponsors and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use and distribute the entry (as submitted, or as cropped by the Sponsors), and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes, in any and all media now or hereafter known, including without limitation in Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo and Digital Photo Pro magazines, for purposes of promotion of this Contest except as otherwise stated herein, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.

Use of Personal Information: Your personal information collected in connection with this Contest will be used in accordance with Madavor Media’s Privacy Policy (available at http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/privacy-policy) including, without limitation, for marketing and promotional purposes.

MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for late, lost, garbled, damaged, incomplete, delayed, undelivered, or misdirected entries or photographs or for computer, technical, printing, typographical, human or other errors relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, inability to access any website associated with the Contest, errors which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials. If for any reason the Contest (or any portion thereof) is not capable of running as planned, including infection by tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and, if terminated, at its discretion, determine winners from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action using judging procedure described above. By participating, entrant agrees (i) to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsors and judges, which are final and binding in all respects, and (ii) to hold the Sponsors and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, prize suppliers and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective directors, officers, employees and agents of the foregoing (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless against any and all claims and liability arising, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of or in connection with participation in this Contest, acceptance and use of any prize or Released Parties’ use of any of the rights granted herein. Sponsors may disqualify (and void all associated entries) anyone from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that such person is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception or other unfair practices, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsors’ representatives or who is otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these rules. ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

WINNERS’ LIST: For the list of winners (available after August 9, 2016), send a separate, stamped, self-addressed envelope to: OP The American Landscape 2016 Annual Photo Contest Winners’ List, Attn: Marketing Department, 25 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 404, Braintree, MA 02184, to be received by September 10, 2016.

SPONSORS:
Madavor Media, 25 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 404, Braintree, MA 02184
Tamron USA, Inc., 10 Austin Blvd., Commack, NY 11725

 

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