Tag Archives: 2015

Family Time

A kayaker paddles in the ocean.

For me, the end of the year and the holidays equate with family time. Maybe it started with the traditional Christmas, Santa and all that, but now it's become more than that, something deeper. Growing up Cuban, we always had big family gatherings with aunts and uncles, cousins, grandma and lots of Cuban and Lebanese food. It often happened on random weekends, not just during holidays.

Now, this is the time that my three children, away most of the year, return. Anna, my wife, shows her excitement. A warm Maine fire, skating on the pond, gathering with friends, and good cooking, dominate the season. It's a time when inner feelings gain strength and I marvel at the complexity of our society and the incomprehensible universe. I take joy in the good and become sad at the horrors.

Most of all, I am thankful for everything and everyone I have in my life at this moment. I wish you such wonderful feelings as well! Happy Holidays!

-Jose Azel, founder and president, Aurora Photos

We *heart* New Photographers!

Our photographers are our backbone and our lifeblood. Without their hard work and dedication to their craft, there'd be no Aurora Photos. On a selfish note, I'd be out of the best job I've ever had: looking at fantastic imagery from around the globe and collaborating with passionate photographers to create imagery that often leaves me amazed. We're always on the look-out for potential new contributors to add to our community, like those who have a fresh approach, or international photographers to further expand on our global collection. Below are some of the handpicked photographers who have started contributing in 2015, and you can click the link to see even more curated imagery! - Larry Westler, Content Director Close-up face shot of young woman in hammock.