Thank you to all the photographers that shared their photos showing the Golden Hour in this photo contest. The golden hour is described as the time of the day before sunrise or after sunset when the sun light creates a golden colored effect in the horizon. Be sure to browse the gallery within this contest to view a vast number of extraordinary examples of the golden hour captured through the view finder.

A special thanks to our friends at Tamron for making this photo contest possible. Tamron is the professionals choice when it comes down to the best camera lenses.

We appreciate all the participation of the photographers that helped us find the People’s Choice by voting for their favorite shots and to friend & professional photographer Michael C. Snell for his collaboration as a guest judge!

Lee Bennett
Grand Jury Winner

“This is a spectacular wildlife shot. The background of the distant trees and branches might have been too busy if not for the perfect softening effect of the shallow depth of field. The backlighting was really key here in the way that it lit the dust in the darker areas around the zebras’ feet to provide needed contrast. Gorgeous.” – Michael Snell

Ani Pandit
Runner Up

“The texture and color contrast really make this image special. The zigzagging composition draws the eye in, but it’s the warm/cool balance of the oranges and blues that really sing. An image that could have easily been over saturated is, here, subtle and balanced and rich.” – Michael Snell

Mark Bridger
Runner Up

“The atmospherics are beautiful in this nicely seen shot. The mist not only creates a lot of interest with the beams of light coming through the trees, but it simplifies the scene into clean, flat layers of color. The buck is perfectly positioned to fill that space in the right side and draws the eye back into the frame by its gaze. ” – Michael Snell

Colin Bamford
Finalist
Dave Johnstone
Finalist
Stephen Carmickle
Finalist
David Dick
Finalist
Alberto Ghizzi Panizza
Finalist
Philip Bailey
Finalist
Ben71
Finalist
Kenneth Mucke
Finalist
Svetlana Imnadze
Finalist
Andreas Thr
Finalist
paulmullin
Finalist
Stamatis Pappas
Finalist
Abe Blair
Finalist
Brad Grove
Finalist
Lee Acaster
Finalist
Sean Buie
Finalist
Marshall Lipp
Finalist
Dennis Polman
Finalist
Mike Christopher
Finalist
Michelle McKoy
Finalist
John Bingaman
Finalist
Andy Connor
Finalist
Jj Richards
Finalist
Ceri Jones
Finalist
Cesar Samiano
Finalist
Bill Goodwin
Finalist
Stephen Pretty
Finalist
Chris Flores
People's Choice