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A special thanks to guest judge Lorenz Holder for his collaboration in this photo contest. In Lorenz’s words: “I grew up in Munich, close to the Bavarian mountains, and it is those mountains that have always played a major role in my life. I was fascinated by photos that could describe a whole scene, a whole story or even a whole day, in just one small moment caught on film. This fascination was one of the biggest motivations for me to start my career as a professional photographer. Right now I work as senior photographer for Pleasure Snowboard Magazine and as a staff photographer for Nitro Snowboards.”

William Williamson
Grand Jury Winner

“It was tough, but for me this is the winning shot. The picture is perfect in a lot of ways – The location is awesome by its own, even when I’ve seen a couple of pictures from Baltray Bay before, but this angle is fresh and new. The photographer went there at the perfect time to get the sun just a bit before it went down. Also the fact that he had chosen a longtime exposure to flatten out the water and the sky to make it more clean, worked perfect. A perfect, well thought out photography deserving the 1st. place.” – Lorenz Holder

Luke Popwell
Runner Up

“Who ever has shot pictures while diving, knows how hard it is to get something great and unique. The picture is actually pretty simple with only the sun, a diver, an air-bubble captured in snells window. The idea with the air-bubble was great, it gives the picture the missing thing to be awesome. Comunication with other people under water isn’t too easy, you can’t just tell the diver to move a bit to the left or somewhere else, like you could do above the surface.” – Lorenz Holder

Kirsty Hellmech
Runner Up

“What a great dramatic cloud. The photographer did an awesome job to get this moment in a pretty perfect way. You don’t get the chance to shoot soemthing like this a lot of times, so when you get the chance you have to use your chance and that’s exactly what the photographer did. This photo would have placed a bit better, when I wouldn’t have the feeling that he just pulled of the road and started shooting right away. Just a couple meters more into the field whoud have helped to get a bit more clean forground. But overall an awesome shot.” – Lorenz Holder

Ben Nehring
Finalist

“This picture is just awesome, technically perfect,  perfect light, sharpness, all great. A for sure win, when I wouldn’t have seen this location and camera angle a thousend times before. Please photographers, open your eyes, show us known locations in your eyes, don’t just go there and shoot the same picture like everybody else does. ” – Lorenz Holder

Paul Judy
People's Choice