Our second Photo Contest of 2013 was a huge success – with so many outstanding submissions that once again made it a tough process to select a winner. It was great to see so many interpretations of our elemental “Fire” theme, ranging from celestial bodies burning billions of miles away to plumes of white hot flame just inches away. We were also inspired by so many figurative takes on the word, exploring light and color that definitely fit into a “fiery” description.
As before, our judging panel went through round after rigorous round of blind review (images only, no names) of the hundreds of submissions, narrowing the selection down to just one.
The Winner of the 2013 Fire Photo Contest is:
“A Flare for the Dramatic” by Alex Chamberlain
Utah, United States
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5
BH-40 LR Ballhead
30 sec @ f/7.1
After an evening shooting the Toadstool Hoodoos in Utah, my friend and I retired for the night only to be awakened at 4am by a lightning storm the likes of which we had seldom seen. We jogged back to the hoodoos and spent the rest of the dark part of the morning shooting the lightning behind the formations.
Alex’s capture of that thunderstorm in the desert serves as proof that many elements must occur together to create a great image, a key one being rock-solid support. For his winning efforts, he will receive a TVC-33 Versa Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod. We hope it lays the base for many more gorgeous views!
There were so many finalists after the main rounds of selection it was tough to get it down to just 4, let alone the 1 Winner. Our three Honorable Mentions ended up being a wild trio of images that again show just how possible it is to find a unique interpretation of a seemingly specific theme. The field of finalists again came up with something for everyone’s tastes. Congratulations to all!
“Birth. Spirit. Flame.” by Jonathan Khee
“Dragon’s Breath” by Aaron Reed
“Southern Milkyway Above Macchu Picchu” by Thomas O’Brien
Our Honorable Mentions will each receive a TQB-80B Tripod Quiver Bag. Be sure to check out the profiles and pages of these very talented photographers – we know we’ll be keeping our eyes on their work with keen interest!
A huge thanks to all the participants in our Fire Photo Contest and congratulations again to the winners. Your work continues to inspire us here at Really Right Stuff – we’re proud to provide the tools you need to get out and capture such beautiful imagery.
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