For the past 57 years, Communication Arts has been holding this annual competition to find and showcase some of the best photography around the globe. This year, of 4,024 entries received the distinguished panel of judges selected only 137, representing the work of just 127 photographers.
Congratulations to our contributors Michael Clark, Ryan Heffernan, Paolo Marchesi, Myles McGuinness and Tyler Stableford as well as to all of the winners included in this highly exclusive competition.
Check out our photographers’ winning imagery below!
February temperatures, typically the coldest in the year for us in Portland, Maine, start to give way to warming omens of spring. As the image by Mike Schirf above demonstrates, you’ve just got to hang in there! And what better way to warm you up than looking at beautiful new images?! We’ve got both kids and adults enjoying snow days, how to make friends during exotic travel, and some pretty intense workouts. There’s seaweed farmers, a farming family and the family that camps together, staying together. Perhaps you prefer climbing, high line, acrobatics or running? Or maybe it’s finding new places? There’s exploration by: foot, old-timey bicycle, beat-up truck, sailboat, raft, SUP, and skateboard.
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.
The Aurora Team receives a “New Images” email every week with the new images that have been added to our web site, auroraphotos.com. 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.