1st place

Anchorage, AK

“I had just sat down at the kitchen table to work on my laptop when I felt a large shadow over my shoulder. A gigantic moose had walked up to the kitchen window and was peeking inside. Startled, I quickly made my way to the other side of the room and was able to capture this curious girl alongside her likeness on the wall. The cat is typically scared of moose, running and hiding under the bed when they come around. For some reason, she felt safe this time and stared right back.

2nd place

North Pole, AK

“Because of the almost nonexistent nighttime in the summer, we in Alaska often use more of our fireworks on New Year’s than on the Fourth of July. Pictured here is the show put on at the Santa Claus House (complete with a statue of Saint Nick himself). I shot this photo using my drone at 1/10 sec, f/2.6. It was taken at midnight on New Year’s Eve in 2018. The Christmas in Ice seasonal ice sculpture park can be seen to the left.”

3rd place

Anchorage, AK

First-time salmon dipnetters strolling out of the Kasilof River under the midnight sun.

Honorable Mention

Upland, IN

“I woke up one night to the sound of an alert on my phone. I picked it up. It was a notification from my aurora app telling me that the northern lights were out. I peeked out the window and couldn’t believe what I saw. Bright green swirls were dancing in the night sky above, brighter than I had ever seen the aurora before. I quickly grabbed my camera and sped down to the lake on my four-wheeler. The lights were straight overhead, whirling around in a bright green ribbon that stretched over the calm waters of Lake Clark.”

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