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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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Official Trailer for Sundance Award-Winning Film “Chasing Ice”

Aurora contributor and National Geographic photographer James Balog traveled to the Arctic in 2005 to begin documenting evidence of the earth’s changing climate. Chasing Ice is the story of Balog’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, he conceived The Extreme Ice Survey. Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Check out the official trailer for 2012 Sundance Award-Winning film “Chasing Ice,” opening in theaters starting November 2012.

To view more images by James Balog, click here.