In September, we announced the winners of our annual 2017 Tamron and National Park Trips Photo Contest. We received 2,000 entries and a lot of fantastic photos.
The three winners, Roger Twilley, Matt Meisenheimer, and Tony Prince, are all hobbyists—none is a professional photographer by trade—but their images were no accidents. They travel to national parks as often as possible for photography, and they spend countless hours each year honing their craft. We asked them to give us
a behind-the-scenes look at how they captured these stunning photos.
These top three photographers were awarded their choice of Tamron lenses,
Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD ($1,299 value) or Tamron SP 150-600MM F/5-6.3 Di VC USD ($1,069 value). Their gorgeous photos will be featured in our National Park Journals (Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone editions) hitting news stands in late fall through spring.
In addition, 48 honorable mention winners received certificates and are featured on our national park websites.
Grand Prize Landscape
Matt Meisenheimer from Janesville, Wisconsin
Olympic National Park - A beautiful night at Ruby Beach Grand Prize Wildlife
Roger Twilley from Tulsa Oklahoma
Lake Clark National Park - Brown Bear Grand Prize Night Skies
Tony Prince from Yucca Valley, California
Joshua Tree National Park - The Milky Way rises boldly over Arch Rock
Grand Canyon National Park - Double rainbow at the north rim by Carolyn Derstine
Acadia National Park - Sunrise by Stan Dzugan
Canyonlands National Park - False Kiva by D B Young
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve - Hiker by Patrick Myers
Glacier National Park - Rental boats docked for the evening on Lake McDonald in June by Debra Schwartznau
Yosemite National Park - Last Light on Half Dome by Dustin Penman
Glacier National Park - Lake McDonald sunset by Gregg Ohanian
Mt. Rainier National Park - 'Peak A Blue' looking west over Sunrise by Pablo McLoud
Grand Teton National Park - Tetons in the early morning May 28th, 2017 at Schwabachers Landing by Cecil Hick
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse by Sandeep Gali
Olympic National Park - Lake Crescent by Renee Curcuru
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve - Windy Dunes by Michael Osborne
Earth Day weekend, I drove to Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park hoping to get some dramatic light and contrast of the dunes at first/last light. On my late afternoon hike, the wind really picked up and put my eyes and gear to the test as blowing sand filled everything not well covered. There was one other photographer at the top with me, everyone else went home or stayed low. Our reward was a front row seat to scenes like this.
Bryce Canyon National Park - Sunrise at the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater by Douglas Croft
North Cascades National Park - Serene wildfire smoke reflection at Ross Lake NRA by Shannon Mackey
Mount Rainier National Park - Wildflowers and sunset at Tipsoo Lake by Judi Kubes
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Mingus Mill by Randy Traynor
Point Reyes National Seashore - A beautiful hike with this stunning view by Bachir Badaoui
At the bottom of the Sea Cliff are hundreds of sea lions undisturbed by human activity. This is also a great place to watch the whale migrations in the winter.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Kamokuna Lava Hose by Margaret Simms
Yosemite National Park - Valley View by Richard Glass
Yosemite National Park - Tunnel View Winter by Charles Phillips
Yellowstone National Park - Great Fountain after a rainstorm by John Bowman
Sequoia National Park - Among the giants on Congress Trail by Adriane Bean
Yellowstone National Park - Mammoth Hot Springs Long in the Tooth by Richard Criddle
Yellowstone National Park - Sunset at the Great Fountain Geyser by John Dicker
Yellowstone National Park - Majestic Lower Falls on the Yellowstone River by John Alexander Kay
An amazing place to sit and listen to the thunderous roar of the water. Bonus rainbow as well!
Yellowstone National Park - Mystic Falls by Dustin White
Grand Teton National Park - Kissing Moose by Kelley Marquart
Yellowstone National Park - Motherly Love by Eddie Parham
Badlands National Park - Two Bighorn Sheep rams battling it out for breeding rights by John Alexander Kay
Yellowstone National Park - Grizzly and her two cubs by Craig Jones
Grand Canyon National Park - Bighorn Family by Randy Traynor
Grand Canyon National Park - A young fawn's attempt at camouflage amid cactus by Robin Albright
Grand Teton National Park - Curious Bear by Becky Smith
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Bluebird Ready for Take Off by Karol Cooper
Yellowstone National Park - Dueling Bison by Karisa Wallace
Grand Teton National Park - Great horned owlets in a heart shaped cavity by Jon LeVasseur
Yellowstone National Park - Osprey at Lewis Falls by Roger Bentler
Yellowstone National Park - Young Grizzly by Karolyn Berkiel
Glacier National Park - A beautiful clear night with perfect views of stars and the milky way over Lake McDonald by Kristopher Schoenleber
Canyonlands National Park - Night skies above my campsite in Elephant Canyon by Stephen Sebestyen
Mount Rainier National Park - Crescent moon rising over Mount Rainier by Judi Kubes
Joshua Tree National Park - Nature's Night Light by Kinita Albertson
Voyageurs National Park - Northern Lights by John Alexander Kay
End of September camping alone on an island 18 miles from the boat landing in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota, along the Canadian border, the Aurora Borealis decided to put on an astounding show!
Grand Teton National Park - Lucas-Fabian Homestead by Dave McNamara
Glacier National Park - Milky Grinnell Way-Point by Richard Voskoboynikov
Joshua Tree National Park - Arch Rock Star Trails by Tony Prince
Yosemite National Park - Half Dome under starlight, Merced River under headlight by Kasia Guthrie
Yellowstone National Park - Old Faithful Geyser, against the backdrop of Aurora Borealis, aka Northern Lights by Ankit Gordhandas
A rare phenomenon in Yellowstone.