The entries are in from our #DitchComfort Photography Challenge, and we were truly blown away by the submissions, which came from all over the world! Fellow photographers have inspired me with their stories, their efforts to push their limits as people and as artists, and with the results of stepping outside of their comfort zones.
Congrats to our winner, Paul May, for winning the Grand prize of a 1-hour photography consultation and critique, and a copy of Summits & Starlight, and to our four special mentions (we couldn’t choose just three!), who will also receive a copy of the book. Thanks as well to everyone who decided to #DitchComfort and submit their photos. Some of you stepped outside your comfort zones just by entering, and I really appreciate the effort.
Grand Prize Winner
Photographer: Paul May
Location: Northern Lake Michigan, Leelanua County, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore
Surfing fresh water entails surfing when the wind blows best during the winter months. Andrew Pritchard (crawling out of the lake) and Saeth Gronberg take full advantage of some strong SW winds moving up Lake Michigan. While they stayed warm with all the exercise I stood around on the beach and froze my ass off trying to keep my lens clean. This photo was taken at Sleeping Bear Point during the first part of January 2014 – the roughest winter I been through in 33 years.
Photographer: Jan Zwilling
I happen to come across your Ditch Comfort Contest and thought the timing is perfect to enter a photo of mine. I’m on the Lofoten Islands right now chasing snow, low-angle winter light and northern lights. There is one photo that in two ways is way out of my comfort zone. First, there was some hiking in the night necessary to reach this location, a lake in the interior of the islands. With freezing winds and a headlight, this was something that I’ve never done before. And second, I’ve never seen, nor shot the Aurora before and could only imagine the experience and how to capture it with the camera. It took me some time to figure it out, but then I was nothing short of amazed by this phenomenon. With this photo, I wanted to express the feeling of reward when I ditched comfort.
Photo was taken on January 31st, near Molnarodden on Lofoten, Norway.
Photographer: Stuart Kinnear
Photographer: Douglas Drouin
I’m a U.S. Army Military Police veteran and, to be honest, waking up most days is ditching comfort for me, but I have learned to keep my smile, sanity and sweetness through photography. I am so happy to offer, “Blue Hour on the Wisconsin River”, as my submission to your #DitchComfort contest. I like to semi-joke that my body is being held together with bubble gum, cheap paper clips and spare parts from dead GI’s and that usually gets me out of the conversations of why am I not climbing mountains or hiking miles or jumping jacks of the like. So for me getting off the beaten path is difficult most times, although I still do it and this is one of those times. It wasn’t easy to get to where this picture was taken, and despite the pain and bitter cold it was so worth it: to stand where I’ve never stood before and see the river I’ve seen a million times like I’ve never seen it before.