Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best early morning photos in the Blue Hour Photo Contest with chances to win a Sigma Lens and more!

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Laurie Rubin for her collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Laurie Rubin is an international award-winning photographer, specializing in wildlife, zoo and aerial photography. She won 1st place in the Windland Smith Rice International awards with her print displayed in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Her passion for photography includes a career working for software companies such as Education Project Manager for Nik Software, Product Specialist for Google+ Photos, Senior Education Manager at Macphun Software, and ViewBug. She is one of the first Inception Masters for Trey Ratcliff’s Arcanum, and speaks at events and teaches workshops. She enjoys flying and taking aerial photos with her DJI Phantoms.

Grand Jury Winner

"This image really caught my eye right away. I love the simplicity of this image, the repeating patterns and the way the bridge sweeps through the image in a very dramatic way. The photographer caught the blue hour with a slightly long exposure... just enough to create the starbursts in the lights and to smooth out the water and clouds. Congratulations on a very well composed and captured image!" - Laurie Rubin

Runner Up

"What a wonderful landscape image captured during blue hour! The shooting star creates a leading line down to the valley where the orange glow of the lights add a punch of color. This is a great example of not necessarily having to fill the frame, but sometimes the negative spaces, in this case the sky, works to balance the image. This is a really nice moment captured!" - Laurie Rubin

Runner Up

"We are lead into the image by these streaks of color during blue hour. Mont Saint Michel being framed within the light streaks is really well executed. This is one of those images in which everything works!" - Laurie Rubin

Runner Up

"I really like how Half Dome and the dome of the tent create a repeating pattern along with the other rounded snow topped mountains in the background. The pop of color really adds a fun element during blue hour. Well done!" - Laurie Rubin

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