Weekly Winner
Robert Fischer-Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park (Robert Fischer)

Congratulations to another Share The Experience Weekly Winner, Robert Fischer, on his Historical & Cultural photo from Mesa Verde National Park.

"On vacation with my five kids I got this photo at the tree house with a lot of patience. We showed up about a half hour before the sun would show through the opening. We went in the kiva and there was no light so we climbed out and waited. The sun came over the hole and there were lots of people inside. I wasn't sure how to get the photo without the room clear, so I waited inside, needing a 3 sec exposure for a good photo. After about 15 minutes there was a break and I got the shot, hoping one would be enough."

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2014 Winners

Grand Prize Winner - Gregory (Cameron) Teller, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

Cameron Teller's patience paid off as he captured this touching image of a mother polar bear and her cub along the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. "This was my first time and I was amazed; I fell in love with the area,” said Teller of the six-person Alaska tour to see northern lights and polar bears. “We stayed a couple of days in a village in the refuge where bear’s frequented this part of the landscape. Moments with mothers and their cubs were just perfect; especially this shot as the cub reached up to his mother.” He also experienced some incredible northern lights displays and explained that it was "one of those spiritual moments I'll never forget. I was expecting slow movement, but it was like billowing curtains of light." Photography is a hobby for Teller and he is a frequent visitor to our nation's federal lands. "I have been looking on the website for some commercially-guided trips," said Teller. "I love that site." And we love your photos Cameron. We hope to see more.

Second Prize Winner - Eric DaBreo, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

This year’s second place winner, Eric DaBreo, has a passion for photography fueled by the sky. “For me sky is a big deal when I take pictures. To me, more or less, the sky is about half the picture.” In this award-winning shot taken in San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Eric was in search of that perfect sunset. We think he got it. “I think the first time I went to the Presidio was for a school field trip. I had just gotten it (Nikon camera) as a gift from my parents. I was really into photography so I was making a lot of trips back to San Francisco because I was really into city-scapes and the nighttime lights. In this instance, we went down to the beach to shoot the sunset.” Eric’s skills as a photographer are self-taught, relying on trial and error to capture breath-taking moments. “I do a lot of long exposure photography. You’re kinda capturing time. It shares the experience a little bit better.” We look forward to more of these stories from Eric. This summer his plans include several trips to Lassen National Park – day hiking and backpacking, camera at the ready.

Third Prize Winner - Jordan Moore, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Jordan Moore and his wife fell in love with Yellowstone during their vacation in the fall of 2013, so much so that they revisited the next spring. It was then that the clouds parted as they were making their way around a lake and as a bison was walking along the shoreline. "I was using a telephoto lens and took several shots and this was the best one," Moore explained. "I am from Texas and used to cattle, but the bison were something completely different." Moore is new to photography and his first visit to Yellowstone sparked his new passion. "I did not really do anything with a camera before that September trip," he commented. Moore learned a lot in a short time with his "entry-level" camera and explains his philosophy on capturing a great shot "it's all about light and composition." We look forward to seeing more of Moore's images as he and his wife set out on their next outdoor adventure.

Adventure & Outdoor Recreation - Thomas Haney, Glacier National Park, Montana

Historica & Culturall - Matthew Sunderland, Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania

Let's Move - Nancy Reynolds, Virgin Islands National Park, U.S. Virgin Islands

Night Skies - Stephen Byrne, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Scenic, Seasons & Landscapes - Susan Kim, Los Padres National Forest, California

Wildlife - Koustav Maity, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Fan Favorite - Manish Mamtani, Yosemite National Park, California

Fan Favorite - John Stephenson, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming