Grand Prize Winner Nick Selway

Epic Explosion

Congratulations to Nick Selway of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, whose photograph earns top honors in OP’s World Wonders Photo Contest. Prizes include $1,500 cash or a D-SLR camera, a Tamrac Aero Speed Pack 85 Dual Access Photo/Laptop Backpack, a Duggal 16×24-inch print of the photo and a Gitzo GT2541 carbon-fiber tripod with GH2780QR head.

Selway has been photographing the Kīlauea Volcano at least twice a week for the past five years. To reach this spot, it’s a six-hour, round-trip drive, plus another hour of hiking. When Selway reached the coastline on this April morning, the lava was exploding 70 to 100 feet in the air, he estimates.”When photographing lava, there’s about 10 minutes of time when the light is just perfect,” Selway says. “All the elements came together that morning—the light, the exploding lava, the misty steam plume and the steaming lava rocks glowing on the beautiful black sand beach.”

Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 17-40mm ƒ/4L USM, Induro tripod


1st Prize Winner Sondra Sheren


Beauty of daylillies. You never know the exact colors or the amount of blooms. It”s a wonder of nature. Gear: Canon S2IS


Honorable Mention Mitchell Picardal

Sunbeam, Upper Antalope Canyon, Navajo Nation

Gear: Canon 5D w/ EF24-105 f/4L, Tripod


Honorable Mention Josh Myers

Soaptree Yucca

I used the bloom on the yucca to block out the sun, i am really happy with the final result. Gear: Nikon D200 Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye Bogen Tripod


Honorable Mention Mitchell Picardal

Mount Pinatubo

Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano located on the island of Luzon, at the intersection of the borders of the Philippine provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga. Ancestral Pinatubo was a stratovolcano made of andesite and dacite. Before 1991, the mountain was inconspicuous and heavily eroded. It was covered in dense forest which supported a population of several thousand indigenous people, the Aeta, who had fled to the mountains from the lowlands during the protracted Spanish conquest of the Philippines which first commenced in 1565. The volcano’s ultra-Plinian eruption in June 1991 produced the second largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century (after the 1912 eruption of Novarupta) and the largest eruption in living memory. The colossal 1991 eruption had a Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 6, and came some 450–500 years after the volcano’s last known eruptive activity (estimated as VEI 5, the level of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens), and some 1000 years after previous VEI 6 eruptive activity. Successful predictions of the onset of the climactic eruption led to the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from the surrounding areas, saving many lives, but surrounding areas were severely damaged by pyroclastic flows, ash deposits, and later by lahars caused by rainwater remobilizing earlier volcanic deposits: thousands of houses and other buildings were destroyed.


People's Choice Winner Quinn Strother

Orange Morning

Sunrise on a hazy morning in July. Gear: Canon Digital Xt, Tamron AF 28-300 lens


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