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 NaugleFirst Place Professional, Landscapes: Paul Zizka First Place Professional, Beaches/Underwater: Sergio Villalba Winner Professional, Action/Adventure: Chris Schmid Winner Professional, Beaches/Underwater: Chris Ross Winner Professional, Action/Adventure: Adam Clark Winner Professional, Action/Adventure: Krystle Wright Winner Professional, Landscapes and Wildlife/Insects: Alasdair Turner
Kevin Brown, a gifted climber, Olympic level athletic trainer and veteran of Yosemite Big Walls recently passed away from an aggressive cancer at age 50. A man with a heart of gold, he left behind his wife Lori, two young children (Rachel 13 and Ryan 11 yrs) and countless friends. Recently, his climbing partners’ families gathered at the house of El Capitan speed ascent record holder Hans Florine in Yosemite National Park to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the place that Kevin loved so deeply. A highlight of the gathering was young Ryan’s first multi-pitch climb on the 5 pitch classic line "Nutcracker". He was led up the route by his Dad's three close climbing partners, Mike Carville, Christian Santelices and photographer Kevin Steele. Ryan is certainly following in his father's footsteps.
Click here to see the a selection of photos from Ryan's ascent.
To see more stock photography by Kevin Steele, visit Aurora Photos.
To see more stock photography by Marcos Ferro, visit Aurora Photos.
To see Marcos' assignment portfolio, visit Aurora Select.