Thank you to all the photographers that participated in the Rule Of Thirds In Nature Photo Contest in collaboration with Visual Wilderness, sharing their best photos showing a proper use of the rule of thirds in mind. Congratulations to the winners and finalists, and a special round of applause for the Grand Jury Winner who wins a Visual Wilderness Histograms exposed plus an Adobe camera raw bundle.

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Aaron Reed for his collaboration as a guest judge. Aaron is a professional fine art landscape & nature photographer born & raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He currently lives in Sammamish, Washington with his wife Lisa and their daughter Adelyn.

Grand Jury Winner

"A truly successful composition creates a visual roadmap for the viewer, directing their eyes through the frame while stopping to pause at each important element along the way. This image, Rolling Fields of Palouse" has been constructed in a thoughtful way by placing important elements of the photograph in an effort to create this visual path while using the natural landscape of the Palouse to aid in the directional flow and balance of the entire scene." - Aaron Reed

Runner Up

"A classic example of the rule of thirds, this image titled High Altitude Grazing, demonstrates the importance and strength of a well placed primary subject and allows us to visually take in this animals environment as a secondary thought to the animal itself. The mountain ridge lines in the distance and even the clouds in the sky work to enhance this photograph and tie it all together visually." - Aaron Reed

Runner Up

"Another solid example of the rule of thirds, this image, titled Rifugio Locatelli, demonstrates thoughtful placement of leading lines to bring the viewer through the image and to the subject. This allows us to imagine we are on journey, walking along the roads that lead to the base of the mountain top and finally to wonder what we will find in the structure that has been built there." - Aaron Reed

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