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Au Vol. 8: National Parks

In the 100 years the National Park Service has been in existence, they’ve created 58 parks as well as 82 national monuments, providing a place for both recreation and conservation. In this homage to one of our greatest national resources, we explore the magnificent National Park system, which enables some truly spectacular and unique interactions between visitors and nature. Each park has it’s own story, and our photographers embrace them all, from icy glaciers in Alaska to fiery volcanoes in Hawaii.

Woman hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park at Emerald Lake during winter.

Au Vol. 7: Connections

Our photographers are solitary in many ways, and their adventures are often only shared with one or two others. Despite the number of solitary subjects in Au Vol. 7, there are connections being made in every image, on every page. The moments captured reveal the triangular nature of outdoor photography: the connection between the subject, nature, and the photographer. When Rob Hammer captures a solo trail runner cutting across a lonely ridge, or Alasdair Turner photographs a young couple sharing a first canoe trip on an Alaskan lake on their wedding day, Aurora contributors connect us from our far away places to the beauty of man (and woman) exploring nature, and making connections of their own. It’s why Michael Wilson hiked the Appalachian Trail and took portraits of the people he met along the way, and why Craig Moore goes out to stand up paddle on Lake McDonald at sunrise. They take us where we’d like to go and introduce us to who we’d like to meet, and in that way, we are all connected.

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Au Vol. 6: Quality Through the Years

The Aurora Team receives a “New Images” email every week with the new images that have been added to our web site, Week in and week out, I am consistently astounded at the quality of the work. Aurora, founded in 1993, more than 20 years on still remains a group of individuals who regard excellence with the utmost regard. The photographers who contribute their work to our collection form the foundation on which our brand stands.  Even in today’s flood of imagery, with it’s software filters and digital enhancement, our photographers’ work rises to the top through it’s authenticity and their dedication to their craft. 

It is an honor to represent these photographers and a pleasure to bring you a small representation of what they provide us each and every week.

– Jose Azel, President and Founder, Aurora Photos

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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.

Peter Essick on Western Drought for National Geographic

The October 2014 issue of National Geographic features a story about western drought with photography by Aurora photographer Peter Essick. The story, called  “When the Snows Fail” is a look into the current state of the American West and their persistent droughts.
Fallow Land, near Avenal, California
According to National Geographic, “The story of the Central Valley of California is the story of much of the American West, and of other inhabited deserts around the world. We have altered the driest parts of California, Nevada, and Arizona to fulfill our ambitions, and for years we have been able to ignore their natural limits. Now a growing population and a changing climate are exposing those limits as never before.”
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*The above images will be available for licensing in January 2015.
To read the story in National Geographic, click here.
To see more work by Peter Essick, visit the Aurora Photos site here.