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 Most Popular: Sean Naugle Larry's Arbitrary Pick: Matthew DeLorme 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.
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.
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