PHOTOGRAPHER: Josh Clague (N.Y.)
PHOTOGRAPHER’S PERSPECTIVE: “We heard about Mama Maple from the proprietor of the Bark Eater Inn, in Keene, N.Y., where we were staying. Even from a distance, its presence, both inviting and protective, immediately drew the children under its canopy, where they continued to play for quite some time.”
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Clague is a natural resources planner for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
WHY WE LOVED IT: “Mama Maple is such a memorable photo. The details of this photo tells a story. The warm contrast color makes you feel comfortable. The leaves reminds you of the season. And the suns rays remind you of joy and happiness. This photo could remind anyone of childhood: the peace, joy and innocence! Pictures are worth 1,000 words, but this one’s worth 1 million; to invoke such memory in a person is a gift.” — Eben Dente
WINNER, ASPIRING PHOTOGRAPHERS: “BLUE HERON”