GRAND PRIZE WINNER & PEOPLE CATEGORY FIRST PLACE: Tracie Taylor
TITLE: Soul Seeker
PEOPLE SECOND PLACE: Noel Del Pilar
TITLE: Classic Elegance
PEOPLE THIRD PLACE: Martha Ramirez
PLACES FIRST PLACE: Peter Lik
TITLE: Eternal Beauty
CAPTION: Nature is so beautiful in so many ways. On rare occasions I find absolute perfection in nature, where beauty, form, shape and color all connect. This was one of those occasions. Deep in the walls of this amazing canyon, I felt an amazing presence. I was well underground, close to nature's heart and soul. I stood in total awe, staring up at the most beautiful natural sculpture I have seen in my life, carved entirely by nature's hands of time. The overhead sun was moving in fast, and I knew I had to get this frame in the next 15 minutes. The red rocks provided an incredible natural red reflector, highlighting this phenomenal piece of nature. Look at her pretty face, flowing hair, and perfectly sculpted wings - ready to take flight out into the blue skies above. It's a connection I have never found before.
PLACES SECOND PLACE: Peter Lik
TITLE: Pele's Whisper
CAPTION: The feeling I had on this early morning is hard to describe. As I hiked out under moonlight over the smoldering crunchy lava, an eerie electricity filled the air and I couldn't help but think that something momentous was in store. It wasn't until much later that I realized what may have been responsible for that feeling. A mate of mine informed me of the story of Pele, the Goddess of Fire in Hawaiian folklore. A volatile and, at times, vindictive goddess, Pele took pleasure in her power to both destroy the land and also create it. Legend has it that she and her sister Namaka-o-kaha'l, Goddess of Water and Sea, constantly sabotaged each other causing Pele to move down the island chain before finally claiming the Mauna Loa mountain on The Big Island. You can visualize her fair profile in the upper left - it's as if she is blowing, or whispering, into the ocean causing the steam to part on the surface of the water below. I get chills every time I look at it. It's my shot of a lifetime.
PLACES THIRD PLACE: Marty Smith
CAPTION: Early morning walk in the mist.
THINGS FIRST PLACE: Gretchen McArthur
TITLE: Morning Ride
CAPTION: Best Day Ever.
THINGS SECOND PLACE: Melissa Papaj
TITLE: Bugging Out
CAPTION: A dragonfly in the early morning.
THINGS THIRD PLACE: Michelle Goodall
TITLE: Rio Grande
CAPTION: More than a hundred years since it first began, The Rio Grande carries both freight and passengers over La Veta Pass in the great Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Rob Taylor
TITLE: My Red Shoes
CAPTION: My perfect red shoes for the special day