Who are Aurora's photographers? Who are they beyond the surface? They're the men and women who capture the fantastic images we are fortunate enough to represent on our site. Who, day in and day out, go on amazing adventures and see things many of us have only ever dreamed of seeing. They are our backbone, the foundation of our company.
The artists behind the lens are as interesting as the images they capture. They live the life they document. They have hobbies and interests like rock climbing, competitive sailing and stamp collecting. When they're not campaigning to conserve salmon, doling out medical advice as a ship's doctor in the Antarctic or climbing mountains, they may be watching Real Housewives of LA or Storage wars. But probably not.
Earlier this year, we asked our photographers to upload selfies of themselves, to let us see a little bit behind the scenes. They included the hashtags #OutdoorSelfie and #IAmAurora. These are those images, with a link to their instagram accounts.
The Aurora Team receives a "New Images" email every week with the new images that have been added to our web site, auroraphotos.com. Week in and week out, I am consistently astounded at the quality of the work. Aurora, founded in 1993, more than 20 years on still remains a group of individuals who regard excellence with the utmost regard. The photographers who contribute their work to our collection form the foundation on which our brand stands. Even in today's flood of imagery, with it's software filters and digital enhancement, our photographers' work rises to the top through it's authenticity and their dedication to their craft.
It is an honor to represent these photographers and a pleasure to bring you a small representation of what they provide us each and every week.
- Jose Azel, President and Founder, Aurora Photos
Trying to choose which images to submit to a contest can be difficult. Even more so when the images aren't technically yours, but rather from many different excellent photographers, at the top of their game. It gets even more difficult when that contest is completely in your wheelhouse, like the PDN Great Outdoors contest is. Choosing out of the thousands of high quality images in a highly curated collection is like choosing which species of bear is your favorite bear. How can you possibly pick just one?
Therefore, we were thrilled to see two images we chose were judged as winners in their categories! Chris Ross's shark image
took first place in Beaches & Underwater, while Ryan Deboodt's feisty orangutan
was a winner in the Animals & Insects category! On top of that, three other photographers that Aurora
represents (Keith Ladzinski
, Jason Lindsey and Woods Wheatcroft
) won, highlighted by Woods winning the grand prize in the Action & Adventure category.
You can see all of the winners in both the professional and amateur categories here
or in the August issue of PDN magazine.
Can you guess which one is different...and why? Click on your answer choice to find out if you're right.