Thank you to all the photographers that shared their photos that show natural lighting on the subject in this photo contest made possible by the New York Institute of Photography. The New York Institute of Photography is the world's largest online photography school, offering a unique combination of online education and personal mentoring for photographers of all ages and skill levels. Learn photography from anywhere in the world, anytime, and at your own pace. A special mention to all the photographers that voted for their favorite shots and helped us find the People's Choice!

We appreciate the collaboration of friend & professional photographer, Celin Serbo, as the guest judge of this photo contest.

Grand Jury Winner

"This is such a solid example of creative use of natural light. rim lighting is often overlooked and this is executed perfectly. this image has so much mood and texture to it and it tells a story. it is composed and exposed very well. love it." - Celin Serbo

Runner Up

"What a beautiful location. this image makes really nice use of non-direct ambient light. there is a lot of atmosphere in the image and i love the use of the slow shutter for the water blur. this is a tough exposure between the green foliage and the shadowed areas of the canyon but executed very well. I love the composition." - Celin Serbo

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"This is a great shot. perfectly exposed with such richness and texture. the feathers in the wings provide such a lush backdrop that pulls you towards the face. a very well executed shot in gorgeous light." - Celin Serbo

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"Atmosphere rules the day here. so much mood, great composition, and layered depth. great use of the slow shutter for the blurred clouds as well. light like that is fleeting and this image captures it perfectly." - Celin Serbo

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