Tahiti + surfing + a rainbow = a perfect photo

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

Over 13,000 votes were cast for Surfer Mag’s 2011 Photo of the Year contest, and the winning picture is a stunning capture, shot in Tahiti by Zak Noyle:

Surfing Photo Contest Winner

In an interview with the photographer, Surfer mag asks how the photo came about. Noyle notes:

It was an amazing afternoon with just my friends out in the water. There were five guys in the water with pristine conditions. It wasn’t huge, but I saw that rainbow forming. I was shooting fisheye, and I was quite close in, so I kind of kicked back toward the channel and framed it up like that. It was just a quick moment, it only lasted for two waves, and it just happened to be a setup.

You can head on over to the interview to read more about Noyle. While you do that, I’m just going to sit here and stare at the photo above – it’s just that beautiful. (Thanks to Alex Ogle for bringing it to my attention.)

-Jodi

Your ridiculous wonderful photoessay of the week

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

Every year, National Geographic holds a photo contest, allowing readers to submit photographs in three categories, people, places and nature. Last year they received over 16,000 entries from 130 countries. This year’s nominations are open until November 30.

Week 10 nature category entry: Dusky Leaf Monkey with its mother near Prachuap Khiri Kan, South of Thailand. Photo by Daniel of Canvas of Light.

Take a few minutes out of your day and head over to The Atlantic’s In Focus blog, where Alan Taylor has curated a photoessay of 45 wondrous entries from the National Geographic photo contest. From volcanos to bonabos to flocks of birds taking flight, the photos are vivid and varied, and beyond humbling. 

Which one of the entries was your favorite thus far? Number 2 remains the one I can’t get out of my head.

We’ve got our Train Trak Photo Winner!

We launched our Amtrak Train Trak Photo Contest alongside our Amtrak partnership a few weeks ago and asked you to send your best pics of trains, train platforms, train stations, or any photo you’ve taken with a train in it. You are certainly a creative, well-traveled bunch, and the submissions were all amazing!

After a very difficult deliberation, we narrowed our favorite down to ten photos and posted them to our Facebook page for a week-long public vote. The masses have spoken and the results are in. The grand prize winner with the most “likes,” comments, and votes was…drum roll, please…

Joe Ferris with his picture of the Amtrak station in El Paso, TX. Here’s the winning pic:

Our other finalists had fantastic submissions and a ton of votes, as well. In no particular order, here are the others:

Kelly Sullivan:

Becky Bersch:

Kyle Stickens:

Mayu Morita:

Ashley Peters:

Kristen Smith:

LB Sedlacek:

Tiffany Niceley:

Kate Sedrowski:

Congrats everyone! Joe will win $150 worth of Amtrak tickets, and all other finalists will receive $50 worth of Amtrak tickets.

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