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Chris Schmid Receives 1st Place in Kontinent Awards

Aurora photographer Chris Schmid took first place in the NAture-Single Image category of the 2013 International Kontinent Photography Awards. The award gives Chris the title of ‘Kontinent Nature Photographer of the Year’ and his winning photograph will be on exhibit and published in Kona #1 Annual Book.

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To view more of Chris Schmid’s work, visit the Aurora Photos website here


Ethan Welty Wins Second Place for 2013 Photocrati Fund

Aurora photographer Ethan Welty was named a top finalist for the 2013 Photocrati Fund award. Ethan’s project, titled “Unprotected Cascades,” documents the beauty and biodiversity of the North Cascades mountain range between Washington state and British Columbia. The comprehensive portrait also raises awareness for the need to protect more of the range by increasing the boundaries of the North Cascades National Park.

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To view Ethan’s “Unprotected Cascades” project, click here

To view more of Ethan’s work, visit the Aurora Photos website here

Kevin Steele Receives ‘Best in Show’ in APA Awards

Aurora photographer Kevin Steele was recently awarded ‘Best in Show’ in the 2013 American Photographic Artists annual photo competition.

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The APA is the most prestigious national organization for professional photographers, and this photograph by Kevin Steele was taken just weeks ago at the Santa Barbara Triathlon, one of the longest running triathlons in the US.

Steele says of his experience: “As I’ve done for three years now, in late August I photographed the Santa Barbara Triathlon…The race director, aware that I’m also pretty athletic, allows me complete access to get extremely close with the athletes.” It didn’t take long for Steele to capture this image: it happened at 7:30AM as the elite triathletes charged into the ocean, within the first dozen frames that Steele shot.  Steele recalled that “ten seconds later I was still with them, swimming shoulder deep with my camera.”

Steele says: “It was a great surprise and a wonderful honor to be selected among photographers I admire and respect. The SB Triathlon has resulted in a body of athletic and emotional work that I’m proud of  – I just let intuition get in the drivers seat and wrap myself in the moment. The goal after all is to create inspiring images.”

To view more work by Kevin Steele, visit the Aurora Photos website here

PDN Great Outdoors Winners


Congratulations to Aurora Contributors Mark Fisher, Keith Ladzinski, Andrew Peacock, Whit Richardson, and Chris Schmid for their winning entries in PDN’s The Great Outdoors photo competition. Special congrats to Andrew Peacock for his photograph of an inquisitive minke whale cruising just below the surface and beneath his kayak along the Antarctic Peninsula, which won first place in the “Scenes of the Natural World” category.

To view more work on Aurora Photos by Mark Fisher, Keith Ladzinski, Andrew Peacock, Whit Richardson, and Chris Schmid just click the names.


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