PHOTOGRAPHER: Joaquin Baldwin (CA)
LOCATION: Huntington Library Botanical Gardens, Calif.
PHOTOGRAPHER’S PERSPECTIVE: “Forests come in all sizes. This impossibly tiny sprout was growing inside the trunk of a small and ancient bonsai tree at the Huntington Gardens of California, bathed in a sharp ray of sunlight. It has secret ambitions of growing up to be hundreds of feet tall.”
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Joaquin Baldwin is a CG layout supervisor, photographer and animator, known for his award-winning independent animated shorts and his work at the Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he has been on staff since 2010. His films have earned him more than 100 awards in festivals such as Cannes, Student Academy Awards, Cinequest, USA Film Festival and Cinanima. When not at the studio, he enjoys taking photo road trips, focusing mostly on landscapes and wildlife. Joaquin has a bachelor’s degree in animation from CCAD, and a master’s in animation from UCLA. He has been a layout artist and layout supervisor in films such as “Zootopia,” “Moana,” “Big Hero 6,” “Frozen,” “Feast” and “Wreck-It Ralph.” You can see Joaquin’s work, including his photography portfolio, 3D printed design work and animated shorts, at www.joaquinbaldwin.com.
WHY WE LOVED IT: “We as the judging panel took to this image instantly with ooh’s and aah’s and deep calming breaths (exactly what we love about being in the woods). We named it the grand prize winner because, beyond the excellent camera work, it captures the feeling of hope that so resonates with what American Forests stands for. May all who see this image remember that the power of every great forest began with no more than a small seed and some sunshine. Thank you to all who participated! See you in the forest!” — Lynsey Dyer, Professional Big Mountain Skier and Eddie Bauer Guide
WINNER: FOREST LANDSCAPES “After the Fire”