Thank you to all the photographers that shared their photos showing your best adventures in the A Sense Of Adventure Photo Contest with chances to win a Bundle in collaboration with Aperture Academy and more!

"Overall It was a great set of images for sure. I have found that maybe I'm moving past the traditional "adventure" style shots. It seems to be a formula now. Find epic vista. Put person on edge. Have person throw arms up or point at something in distance. Take image. Degree of difficulty can be increased by doing it at night (bonus if there's aurora or milky way), putting person on smaller edge, or adding a tent. Though these vistas are "epic" I find that they feel too set up, and don't really tell a real story...and they certainly aren't a new or fresh perspective. The minute you are to put people or something man-made in an image, I think the goal is to tell a story. I tried to pick images that tell a story." - Scott Donschikowski 

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Scott Donschikowski for his collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. I have been fascinated by photography since I was a kid. But it wasn't until I was in college that I put all my energy into mastering the craft. That first digital SLR made such an impact on my life that it was forever changed. Now after years of hard work learning the trade, I get to travel the world as an instructional guide and professional photographer. I absolutely love all kinds of photography, from street to nature and landscapes to portraits, I try to do it all. Which is probably why my camera bag weighs so much.

Grand Jury Winner

"I found in picking winners in this category, I was almost intentionally not as drawn to the 'lone figure in the wilderness' images as I might have been a couple years ago.  Maybe it's too much instagram, but I found that the images that mostly interested me were different than those.  I liked this image a great deal because of the juxtaposition with the shark and the cage...it's a different take on this subject for sure.  Lighting in the ocean can be tricky, so I felt in addition to the refreshing perspective, there was a good deal of technical ability shown." - Scott Donschikowski 

Runner Up

"Hey, it's TWO figures in the wilderness...not a big change, but this combined with the silhouettes of them made it a nice contrast.  The image was taken at night as well, so there's another level of difficulty here.  I like the balance of light and dark, and it has a nice graphic feel to it.  " - Scott Donschikowski 

Runner Up

"I liked the clean processing and simplicity of the image.  It kind of reminds me of a train set...it looks almost completely staged in how simple it is. There's some subtle leading lines used here with the light and snow, and the curve of the background mountains." - Scott Donschikowski 

Runner Up

"I think knowing how rare it is to be able to ice skate on this lake makes this shot even cooler.  The simplicity, again, is nice...The subtle textures of the ice.  There's a great exposure here with tricky lighting. Keeping detail in the shadows and not blowing out the area where the sun is hitting isn't always easy." - Scott Donschikowski 

Runner Up

"I love this kind of wildlife shot...sometimes we grow bored of the same old shot of a moose, so to put them with a different perspective is refreshing. I also think it's slightly humorous that BOTH people in the canoe had DSLRs with them.  It's pretty easy when you see something like a moose swimming to get tunnel vision and then focus only on the moose...I like to see people who slow down, and take in the whole scene, working to tell the entire story.  This photo does that." - Scott Donschikowski

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"Night over Owl Creek" by jasonjhatfield

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