Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best shots showing patterns found in nature in the Nature And Patterns Photo Contest with chances to win a Fujifilm FinePix and more!

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Vince Nobel for his collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. "I am a commercial portrait, and fine art nature photographer based in Columbus, OH. I spend many hours and days traveling Ohio and beyond seeking the beauty of nature in all its forms. Some of my favorite local locations include Hocking Hills, Yellow Springs, Columbus Metro Parks, and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. My passion for photography started many years ago when I worked as a landscape designer. This formal design training combined with my new interest in photography allowed me to create images that inspired me to explore the wild areas of Ohio and beyond."

Grand Jury Winner

"Of all the images selected this one really felt special to me. The combination of subtle texture, repetitive patterns, and soft backlight combine to form an elegant piece. The image flows with highlights and shadows creating a beautiful weave that pulls the viewer into the scene. I love the color variation from brown to green and the overall warm feel of the light. The attention to detail and tight framing just bring it all together. Well done!" - Vince Nobel

Runner Up

"Simplicity is often overlooked in favor of complex scenes. I love the absolute simplicity of this image. But look further and the overall simplicity gives way to subtle yet complex pattern and hue within the water. The depth here is amazing. I could delve into these blues forever. Wonderfully crafted with warm and cool tones that just go on to infinity." - Vince Nobel

Runner Up

"Light and fog play to the depth of this image. The tonal range is well executed and the gradation between warm and cool tones is excellent. Repetition in the trees and shadows echo throughout the scene. The atmosphere of the scene has such life that you can almost feel the movement of the fog as it permeates the scene." - Vince Nobel

Runner Up

"I often look to simplify the sometimes chaotic and complex scenes found in nature. Other times the simplicity is there for the taking as in this image. I love the deliberate position of the tree low in the frame, which just adds to the overall linear feel. The surrounding snow ridges provide a nice frame that wraps perfectly around the dark form of the tree. Nicely crafted." - Vince Nobel

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