Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best shot showing adventure in the outdoors in this photo contest in collaboration with Focal Press. The difference between getting the shot and missing the shot comes down to split seconds and how you manage your gear and your technique. In Outdoor Action and Adventure Photography professional adventure sports photographer Dan Bailey shows readers how to react quickly to unfolding scenes and anticipate how the subject and the background might converge. Capturing those significant moments to produce powerful imagery that evoke the feel and mood of adventure requires specialized skills and a wide variety of creative ideas.

A special thanks to friend and professional photographer Dan Bailey for his collaboration as  a guest judge: "I’ve been a full time adventure, travel and location photographer since 1996. Before turning pro, I worked as a photo editor for a Boston stock agency, which gave me a solid understanding of how to communicate with art directors and produce the kind of stunning, high quality imagery that today’s highly visual world demands."

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner "Climbing at Cinque Torri" by jamesrushforth

Climbing at Cinque Torri by jamesrushforth - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"As an adventure photo, this shot has it all- Dramatic wide angle perspective and a unique vantage point that brings you in close and still shows the environment, great expression of determination on the climber, powerful body position, and an compelling background that tells a story.The subject matter draws your eye back and forth, and the composition tells a great story. Also, I'm a climber at heart and I just love the feel of this image. It's a type of photo I can see shooting myself" - Dan Bailey 

Congratulations Runner Up "Dig it!" by Ren_Murray

Dig it! by Laryn_Murray - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Good action photography is all about capturing the decisive moment, and the photographer really nailed it with this shot. It's got great timing, awesome expression and body positioning and wonderful light, which includes the use of secondary fill light. Pulling off this shot required a mastery of technical and creative considerations, a high level of camera proficiency and a good eye. Great job!" - Dan Bailey 

Congratulations Runner Up "Skier in the fresh powder." by StephaneDelecluse

Skier in the fresh powder. by StephaneDelecluse - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

Congratulations People's Choice "_DSC4526 copia" by Lopez980

Animals in cage by Lopez980 - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"I love the feel of this photo! Adventure photography is about bringing the viewer into imaginative places, and this shot does that very well. Most of us don't usually see this kind of environment, and the photographer brings us out of our comfort zone into a whole new world.  This composition uses very strong main and secondary subjects and it uses a very haunting viewpoint to tell the story. Also, the monochromatic color scheme of only blue contributes to the otherworldly look and feel of the scene. " - Dan Bailey 

"Surfer Girl Getting Air" by DugzPhotos

Surfer Girl Getting Air by DugzPhotos - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"On Steep Ground" by EdwardMcCrea

On Steep Ground by EJMPics - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Wave Runner Stunt" by jimhaycock

Wave Runner Stunt by jimhaycock - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"skookumchuck narrows (51 of 241)" by paulkendall

skookumchuck narrows (51 of 241) by paulkendall - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Spirited" by PeterLombard

Spirited by PeterLombard - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Umbria wreck" by longiMANUs

Umbria wreck by longiMANUs - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Bare Feet First" by JacobRiglin

Bare Feet First by JacobRiglin - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Trials Bike" by karlredshaw

Trials Bike by karlredshaw - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Mt Hood Flashlight Play" by kevincowley

Mt Hood Flashlight Play by kevincowley - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Dope Fluid" by crippledangle

Dope Fluid by crippledangle - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Ice climb-2" by bagsgroove

Ice climb-2 by bagsgroove - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"untitled" by Jessc

 by Jessc - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"In the search for unknown." by nevindclimber

"Above Timber Land" by austinnightengale

Above Timber Land by austinnightengale - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Ride in the sunset" by calebsadler

Ride in the sunset by calebsadler - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Beach Runner" by RobinODonnell

Beach Runner by RobinODonnell - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Surfing upside down" by zkrol

Surfing upside down by zkrol - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"I Can Fly!" by rsmseymour

I Can Fly! by rsmseymour - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Up" by Ashleyslr

Up by Ashleyslr - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"John S in the Green Room" by JCSphoto

John S in the Green Room by JCSphoto - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Air" by zebwakely

Air by zebwakely - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Tongariro Crossing" by robinkuyper

Tongariro Crossing by robinkuyper - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Wall of Water" by rexjones

Wall of Water by rexjones - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Owens River Gorge-03" by bobsube

Owens River Gorge-03 by bsube - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"IMG_8936" by brandonnixon_0945

IMG_8936 by brandonnixon_0945 - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Camp on the volcano Etna" by marcocalandra89

Camp on the volcano Etna by marcocalandra89 - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Trefil" by Wayne_DC

Trefil by Wayne_DC - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Kowabunga Dude!!" by geminiroze

Kowabunga Dude!! by geminiroze - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"The Fall" by margaretgaines

The Fall by margaretgaines - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"I've got you, partner!" by BrYangle

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"Heres Looking At You " by PatricaK

Heres Looking At You  by PatricaK - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"IMG_8834" by danmatthewman

IMG_8834 by danmatthewman - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Jeff Banks - Vertical Bike & Rider_1326" by AllenDouglasPhotos

Portrait of Jeff Banks - Another Day at the Office by AllenDouglasPhotos - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"peace" by nicoleconditduncan

peace by nicoleconditduncan - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Flip it" by juliantej

Flip it by juliantej - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Entranced by light" by OutdoorFLcreations

Entranced by light by OutdoorFLcreations - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Stunt Bike" by SarahBurns

Stunt Bike by SarahBurns - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Into the Wild" by christinemeerman-cooper

Into the Wild by christinemeerman-cooper - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Sea Cave Hammocking " by vb2614

"Kukulkan divers" by gerardobonilla

Kukulkan divers by PhotoGBc - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Angel's Landing Trail" by hannahjor

Angel

"IMG_20150728_233128" by adam81

IMG_20150728_233128 by adam81 - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"untitled" by SandyLSmith

 by SandyLSmith - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Tipping point." by samparsons

Tipping point. by After_The_Send - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"ambition" by kristenhaveman

ambition by kristenhaveman - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Jake Halloway" by nikonjon

Jake Halloway by nikonjon - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

Fleeing the Ocean" by NaturallyMitchRothman

Fleeing the Ocean by NaturallyMitchRothman - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Tristen's a bad ass" by simpledesertgirl

Tristen

"Happy skydiver " by pilapix

Happy skydiver  by pilapix - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"A man in front of the sun 2" by mickaeltournier

A man in front of the sun 2 by mickaeltournier - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Lake Skimming" by sdkmax

Lake Skimming by sdkmax - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Surfing at Sunset" by crystaljohnson_7387

Surfing at Sunset by crystaljohnson_7387 - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"The Wedge" by FlorendoStudioArts

The Wedge by FlorendoStudioArts - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"High and Tight" by Hanger18

"Riding the Rail" by KellyHeadrick

Riding the Rail by KellyHeadrick - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Working In The Dirt" by tonybruguiere

Working In The Dirt by tonybruguiere - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"In the caves of St Johns" by oksanavashchuk

In the caves of St Johns by oksanavashchuk - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Go down" by Mamat

Go down by Mamat - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Flip it " by kevtbl

Flip it  by kevtbl - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Air baloons over Cappadocia" by zenit

Air baloons over Cappadocia by zenit - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Flyboard2" by joecas

Flyboard2 by joecas - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Jump!" by evgenyvasenev

Jump! by evgenyvasenev - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Base camp " by DustinPenman

Base camp  by DustinPenman - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Self Portrait" by neilbarr

"Serene" by douglasdrouin

Serene by douglasdrouin - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Surfer" by KanaPhotography

Surfer by KanaPhotography - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Fast and Furious 2 in the big water" by brentmorris

Fast and Furious 2 in the big water by brentmorris - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"Shark Photo Shoot" by TanyaHouppermans

"Steer Wrestler" by julienjohnston

Steer Wrestler by julienjohnston - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"up" by dudepash

"f10bis" by Ma77eoVolpi

f10bis by Ma77eoVolpi - Outdoor Action and Adventure Photo Contest by Focal Press

"IMG_6955" by amyml