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.
New year, new images and new photographers! 2016 starts off with action packed days, exotic adventures around the globe and some fun ways to keep your "get fit this year" resolution in the outdoors. From oyster beds in Vietnam to night skies over Yosemite, zip lines near Marrakech to rock climbing in Armenia, paragliding near Geneva to dogsledding in Minnesota, our photographers were everywhere! There's fly fishing, trail running up a mountain, celebrity athletes, a road trip in Namibia and Spain with new contributor Sergio Villalba, avalanche rescue, SUP and whitewater rafing in the Grand Canyon, skiing and welcoming a new addition to one contributor's family! See all this, and Santa delivering presents on a dirt bike here: http://www.auroraphotos.com/result?webseries_id=14734
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
In July 2013, Aurora and the whole photographic community lost a talented and rising young photographer, Patrick Orton. At age 25, he was already a prolific shooter, capturing exciting and authentic images of outdoor adventure and lifestyle around his home base of Sagle, Idaho. Patrick embraced life to it's fullest. It shows in his photography and is reflected in the faces and actions of those he photographed. Patrick was living his his dream as a photographer. In his memory, Patrick's family has established the Patrick Orton Live Your Dreams Scholarship Fund, which is an incorporated 501 c3 in the State of Idaho. The scholarship fund will help a new generation of young people from Idaho to listen to their hearts and follow their dreams, specifically through furthering their education. Patrick's family writes, "Patrick was the recipient of several scholarships in his senior year at Sandpoint High. These funds assisted him in his photography education and in the pursuit of his dreams. Patrick was a strong believer that one should give back as well as receive. He mentored a number of younger photographers and helped many people discover and pursue their dreams. He gave back in many ways." Aurora Photos invites you to join us in honoring the life and photography of Patrick Orton by making a donation to the Patrick Orton Live Your Dreams Scholarship Fund. A donation may be made at any branch of Wells Fargo Bank or the website: http://www.patrickorton-liveyourdreams.com/ Aurora Photos will continue to manage and represent the photography of Patrick Orton on behalf of his estate. Patrick's body of work can be seen here. Thank you for helping to keep the memory and vision of Patrick alive.