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Aurora Photographers Win Big in PDN’s Great Outdoors Contest

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.

Grand Prize Winner: Sean Naugle

Professional kiteboarder Matt Thames catches huge air in the backcountry near Fairfield, Idaho.
Professional kiteboarder Matt Thames catches huge air in the backcountry near Fairfield, Idaho.

First Place Professional, Landscapes: Paul Zizka

Ice climbing under the aurora borealis in Athabasca, Canada.
Ice climbing under the aurora borealis in Athabasca, Canada.

First Place Professional, Beaches/Underwater: Sergio Villalba

A woman ducks under a wave.
A woman ducks under a wave.

Winner Professional, Action/Adventure: Chris Schmid

An aerial shot of a surfer, captured above Brazil's Praia Mole beach in Florianopolis.
An aerial shot of a surfer, captured above Brazil’s Praia Mole beach in Florianopolis.

Winner Professional, Beaches/Underwater: Chris Ross

Offshore fishermen catching sailfish and dolphin fish in the waters off Guatemala
Offshore fishermen catching sailfish and dolphin fish in the waters off Guatemala

Winner Professional, Action/Adventure: Adam Clark

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa descends the Neacola Mountains in Alaska.
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa descends the Neacola Mountains in Alaska.

Winner Professional, Action/Adventure: Krystle Wright

Steph Davis ascends The Joker 5.12d near Moab, Utah.
Steph Davis ascends The Joker 5.12d near Moab, Utah.

Winner Professional, Landscapes and Wildlife/Insects: Alasdair Turner

A crack runs across the surface of the Ross Sea in Antarctica
A crack runs across the surface of the Ross Sea in Antarctica
A weddell seal in a breathing hole in the sea ice of the Ross Sea, Antarctica.
A weddell seal in a breathing hole in the sea ice of the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

 

 

#AuWinterContest

When winter hits, our photographers disappear. For three months, all of our emails get an auto-response: “Out of office, skiing / snowboarding / ice-climbing / chasing yetis / making badass snowmen, will get back to you after my hot cocoa.” So it seemed only fitting that the latest Instagram contest for our photographer community centered around the cold. Winter is the time of year most people hunker down indoors, but our photographers (and their dogs) embraced the frigid temperatures, battled some extreme conditions, and came back with fantastic images.

Kudos to the winning photographers:

Staff Pick: Dave Brosha 

@davebrosha
Peace. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories by @davebrosha

Most Popular: Sean Naugle

@rockninjasean
Zion the pit mastiff learning to survive in the snow. By @rockninjasean

Larry’s Arbitrary Pick: Matthew DeLorme 

@mdelormephoto
Bringing in a herd of bison is no easy task, especially when it’s negative 15 degrees out. Zapata Ranch, Colorado. By @mdelormephoto

Below are just a few more of our favorites.

You can check out all of the contest images and keep up with our photographers on their amazing adventures by following us on Instagram.

#IAmAurora

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.