PDN just announced the 2016 winners of The Great Outdoors photography contest in categories including Action/Adventure, Landscapes, Beaches/Underwater, and Wildlife/Insects. Open to both pro and amateur shooters, The Great Outdoors contest celebrates the beautiful vistas, diverse wildlife and adventure that make our planet so unique.
We’re excited to share that several Aurora photographers, which we entered into the contest, were selected as winners in 3 out of the 4 professional categories including Sean Naugle who won the Grand prize in the Professional Action/Adventure category.
Our first place winners included Paul Zizka in the Landscapes category and Sergio Villalba in the Beaches/Underwater category. Chris Schmid and Chris Ross were also selected as winners in the Action/Adventure and Beaches/Underwater categories. Additionally, 3 more of our photographers, Adam Clark, Krystle Wright and Alasdair Turner won with their own independent entries in the Action/Adventure and Wildlife/Insects categories, respectively.
Although it’s always a challenge to select only a few pieces to submit from our photographers’ great body of imagery it's also extremely rewarding and validating to have their fantastic work recognized on such a big stage by a wide variety of judges.
Congratulations to all of the winners!
Check out our photographers' winning imagery below and browse the entire winner’s gallery here.
For the past 57 years, Communication Arts has been holding this annual competition to find and showcase some of the best photography around the globe. This year, of 4,024 entries received the distinguished panel of judges selected only 137, representing the work of just 127 photographers.
Congratulations to our contributors Michael Clark, Ryan Heffernan, Paolo Marchesi, Myles McGuinness and Tyler Stableford as well as to all of the winners included in this highly exclusive competition.
Check out our photographers’ winning imagery below!
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.
We're thrilled one of our entries to the Communication Arts 2015 Photography Competition won! The image, shot by Kiliii Fish of a lightning storm over a lava field in Hawaii, will appear in the upcoming CA 2015 Photography Annual.
Aurora photographer Tom Lynn was recently named one of the winners for PDN's Great Outdoors Competition. Tom's photograph of whooping cranes won in the "Plants, Animals, Insects & Gardens" category.
The image captures early morning light greeting whooping cranes at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin. Staff at the International Crane Foundation raise whooping cranes in costume so there will be no human imprint before their release during the Direct Autumn Release (DAR) whooping crane reintroduction program.