Wow what an amazing contest! we want to give a big special thanks to friend and professional photographer Chris Beck for his collaboration as a guest judge, Chris Beck's selections are great,  we truly appreciate his critique and feedback. Chris Beck is no stranger to amazing landscapes and wild animals. Military trained in cold weather survival and backcountry skills, he decided to stay in Alaska when his tour was up. When not photographing commercial assignments or weddings, you can find Chris in the backcountry looking for wildlife. With more then 2 decades of experience, Chris is an excellent resource when it comes to reading the scene and getting the shots.

Grand Jury Winner

"This photo gives us a glimpse of the unique underwater world of a sea turtle.  The composition of the photo is balanced nicely by the light on the subject with the dramatic darkening of the background.  While there are many great photos of turtles, this one is captured at exactly the right moment.  Mouth is open, eye is fixed, and he is about to eat the squid.  A moment too early, or too late would have changed the dynamics of the photo.  Great job" - Chris Beck

Runner Up

"This photo shows a unique perspective of the sting ray.  While some photos have captured the underside, this one captures a little more, perhaps the animals personality.  The lighting is the most stunning part of the photo.  Natural, balanced, and on the right spot.  In composition our eye will focus first on the brightest part of the photo, and in this case it is exactly on his (or her) face allowing us to set the mood for the photo and the animal.  With the light fading it creates a very natural vignette.  Great job! " - Chris Beck

Runner Up

"This photos shows a great story of the relationship of sharks underwater.  While capturing wildlife it is about finding the right moment to tell the story.  While sharks are not known for their expressive, or animated abilities, this shows the relationship between the 2 sharks, and the trust they have.  The 2nd shark is clearly in the 1st's personal space, showing a close relationship, and as a viewer you focus on the shark looking at you.  Your eye then follows the nose of the shark onto the 1st sharks back where there is a large visible scar.  Photographing wildlife is about telling a story, and this is a great example of the unique life of sharks.  Great job" - Chris Beck

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