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Au Volume 5: Embracing the Winter

Cold. Ice. Snow. Lots of #*&%$! snow. It’s been a record setting winter up here in the northeast corner of the US. Most people are sick and tired of all the snow at this point. Here at Aurora? We love the snow. We embrace the snow. Cold? You betcha. Love it. You know why? No cold, no snow. So rather than curl up in a ball and wait for spring, we’re doubling down on winter in Au Volume 5. It’s about blizzards and frozen beards, airborne snowboards and subzero temps. It’s about Aurora photographers battling against extreme conditions, conquering the cold, and bringing back the best winter shots imaginable. Let it snow.

Aurora Introduces Premium RF


Aurora Photos, an independent stock photography archive focused on providing the best imagery in the categories of active lifestyle, outdoor adventure, nature’s beauty, and remote travel, is excited to announce Aurora’s Premium RF, a new royalty-free collection of stock photography, curated for quality and presented for licensing with simplified, 2-tier pricing.

There are two prices available for end users to choose from: A highest resolution 50+ mb image for $500, or a smaller 3 mb size that is priced at $250. The curated collection gives image buyers looking for superior outdoor and active lifestyle images a collection of some of the best available in the marketplace, ready to be licensed simply.

Aurora’s Premium Collection establishes a quality bar that lives up to the name “Premium.”

“The word ‘premium’ is definitely over-used and misused in our industry as a description of images and collections,” explains Aurora founder and CEO José Azel. “We want to reclaim a truer definition of the word. A definition that relies on the highest standards and achieved through curation, something that Aurora has always stood for.”

“Quality must fetch a higher price.” Azel continues, “You should expect to pay more for something that is truly quality. Setting a minimum price for this collection is a great way to define the quality and cost equation. In addition, having two simple and reasonable prices creates a cost ceiling that appeals to image buyers and a minimum price that appeals to image creators.”

This exclusive collection is curated from new images, as well as images from existing Aurora rights managed and royalty free collections, and from both recent and long-established contributing photographers.

“This collection is bringing established photographers back to stock photography, making images available to clients that might otherwise never be available for licensing,” says Aurora’s Director Karl Schatz. “It’s exciting for us to see photographers so enthusiastic about getting new images into Aurora and Premium RF.”

Clients offered a sneak peak at the collection like what they see. Josh Lewis of Momentum Interactive in Aspen, Colorado says, “The photos are amazing, and I love the super simple pricing. I will definitely keep the Premium RF Collection at the top of my list for future projects.”

For more information about Aurora Photos Premium RF collection visit:

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Patrick Orton feature image

Patrick Orton Live Your Dreams Scholarship Fund

A young adult backpacker in Colorado.

In July 2013, Aurora and the whole photographic community lost a talented and rising young photographer, Patrick Orton. At age 25, he was already a prolific shooter, capturing exciting and authentic images of outdoor adventure and lifestyle around his home base of Sagle, Idaho. Patrick embraced life to it’s fullest. It shows in his photography and is reflected in the faces and actions of those he photographed. Patrick was living his his dream as a photographer.

In his memory, Patrick’s family has established the Patrick Orton Live Your Dreams Scholarship Fund, which is an incorporated 501 c3 in the State of Idaho. The scholarship fund will help a new generation of young people from Idaho to listen to their hearts and follow their dreams, specifically through furthering their education.

Patrick’s family writes, “Patrick was the recipient of several scholarships in his senior year at Sandpoint High. These funds assisted him in his photography education and in the pursuit of his dreams. Patrick was a strong believer that one should give back as well as receive. He mentored a number of younger photographers and helped many people discover and pursue their dreams. He gave back in many ways.”

Aurora Photos invites you to join us in honoring the life and photography of Patrick Orton by making a donation to the Patrick Orton Live Your Dreams Scholarship Fund.  A donation may be made at any branch of Wells Fargo Bank or the website:

Aurora Photos will continue to manage and represent the photography of Patrick Orton on behalf of his estate. Patrick’s body of work can be seen here.

Thank you for helping to keep the memory and vision of Patrick alive.