Category Archives: This Just In

New Images for December

Professional Windsurfer Jumping Over The Waves Of The Faroe Islands

Holiday spirit is full blown, as December brings family and friends together for celebrations and introspective moments. Our photographers spent last month being thankful for the adventures they get to have in the outdoor world, as we have new images of skateboarders in Poland, skiers on top of mountains in Chile, mountain biking in Moab, exploring Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, camping in Alaska and discovering shells on the shore of Tasmania. If that’s not adventurous enough, there’s windsurfing off the Faroe Islands, snowmobiling in Vail, rescue techniques in Denali National Park, crack climbing in Utah and crossing over crevasses via ladders in Nepal.

You can travel around the globe, dig for clams, chill out and practice yoga or read a book by your tent, surrounded by nature. From sailing to caving, SUP boards to snow boards, northern Maine to Spain and everywhere in between, here is this month’s curated gallery of outdoor imagery: http://www.auroraphotos.com/result?webseries_id=22721

Thank you Veterans

SAN DIEGO, CA: Sailors and Marines stand under a huge American flag before the start of the San Diego Chargers 2006 playoff football game at Qualcomm stadium in San Diego.
SAN DIEGO, CA: Sailors and Marines stand under a huge American flag before the start of the San Diego Chargers 2006 playoff football game at Qualcomm stadium in San Diego. Photo by Robert Benson

Today Aurora salutes all veterans. We want to take a moment to especially honor and thank the veterans in our contributor ranks for their service, and to all the military photographers for everything that they do in the name of truth and country. Thank you to Aaron Ansarov, Tom Sperduto, Stacy Pearsall, Patrick Scholz, and the countless others.

New Images for October

Man Stands On The Niblet, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

Autumn is officially here, which means gourds, an explosion of colors in nature, spooky children and candy sugar comas for many adults. In this month’s new images, you can reminisce on the summer with ice cold beers on a beach, fly fishing in Lake Tahoe, or SUP with friends in Florida. Or, if you’re like most of our photographers and like the winter, you can make tracks at a ski resort in Bend, Oregon, trek on glaciers in Alaska, do yoga on summits in BC, or eat pizza in the Dolomites.

You can travel to rainforests in Kauai, watch the northern lights in Lofoten, highline in Joshua Tree, canoe in Canyonlands National Park, drink tea on a rooftop in Marrakech, fly-fish on the Kennebec in Maine, marvel at the pageantry of a parade in the Philippines, or escape to a secluded lake in New Zealand.

See all that, plus a man fishing while riding a horse and swashbucklers under an aurora at Banff National Park, in this month’s curated gallery of outdoor imagery:  http://www.auroraphotos.com/result?webseries_id=22142

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.