Nature's Best Photography 2015 Winland Smith Rice Awards
October 09, 2015

              JSP-1301-8705                                         I’ve neglected this space for a while,  but this news that arrived in my in-box a couple of days ago seems like a good reason to post. I've learned that "Piha Sky," an image I made in January 2013 on the North Island of New Zealand has been “Highly Honored” in the Landscapes category of Nature’s Best Photography 2015 Winland Smith Rice International Awards. Of the 20,000 images entered from photographers in 54 countries, 97 finalists were chosen to be published in the Awards issue of Nature’s Best magazine later this month.  I made the image on Piha Beach a few days after we arrived in New Zealand. The clouds were spectacular that evening.  I later learned that the unusually intense colour was the result of Australian bush fires sending ash into the atmosphere that drifted east over the Tasman Sea to New Zealand’s west coast. A few minutes after making this image, my camera quit! But that's another story.        

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