PHOTOGRAPHER: Nick Hanyok (MD)
LOCATION: Cape Flattery, Wash.
PHOTOGRAPHER’S PERSPECTIVE: “I am constantly amazed by nature, and this shot takes me back to a time I was in complete awe. I took this with my D750 at Cape Flattery on Thanksgiving Day. What’s so amazing to me is how the clusters of trees are perfectly placed on top of the rock stacks, constantly battered by the waves and wind — completely natural and raw, yet peaceful and majestic. The entire hike to this point was cloudy and rainy. Once we reached the end though, the sunlight pierced through the fog and clouds, the rain stopped, and, for me, the view at that moment stopped time. Mother nature gave a show that day I’ll never forget.”
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Nick has always loved photography, ever since he was a kid to be exact, running around with a polaroid and a 35mm. He has followed his passion through travel photography over the years, and in 2016, he began Nick Hanyok Imaging. He helps businesses and marketing agencies on the east coast through commercial work and captures love stories of elegant and adventurous couples from California to Maryland with his lifestyle work. See more of Nick’s work at www.nickhanyokimaging.com, or follow him on Facebook and Instagram at @nickhanyokimaging.
WHY WE LOVED IT: “The photographer made the right decision to photograph Cape Flattery, the furthest northwest tip of the United States, on a day when rising mist and the pounding surf captures nature in motion. The photograph is taken during early morning, as the sun dramatically backlights the billowing mist. The three dominant rock outcrops forming a triangle are excellent composition. The almost monochromatic color adds to the powerful mood of the picture.”
— Lou Mazzatenta, Former National Geographic Photo Editor and Photographer
WINNER: BIG, BEAUTIFUL TREES “The Watchman”