MROSD announces photo contest winners

Image credit Vaibhav Tripathi
Vaibhav Tripathi of Stanford won the grand prize with his image of wildflowers at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve. "It makes me happy to create something that others can enjoy," Tripathi explained as he spoke of his passion for landscape and nature photography. Struck by the beauty of wildflowers bouncing in the breeze, he captured the winning shot while hiking on a windy day. The image was difficult to pull off as he was shooting directly into the sun and had to wait until the ideal moment when it hovere
Image credit Ichiro "Mike" Asao
Ichiro "Mike" Asao of Cupertino took second place with an image of light filtering through an oak tree that he took during his regular morning walk at the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve. An avid photographer for over twenty years, Asao created a photography book entitled Healing and is currently working on a second book. Taking photos while enjoying open space preserves allows Asao "to stay healthy and enjoy life."
Image credit Bing Huey
Bing Huey of San Francisco placed third with a close-up shot of a banana slug on a twig at Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.
Press release

By on Mon, June 13, 2011

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District announced the winners of its third annual digital photo contest last month. Three winners were chosen from twenty finalists by District staff based on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. A record 700 images of the natural world, taken by the public on the District’s 24 open space preserves throughout the Peninsula and South Bay, were submitted for consideration. The only contest rule is that entries must be taken on District land.

The winners will have their entries published in the District’s summer newsletter this week and will be awarded prizes including a whale-watching cruise and Flip UltraHD camcorder. The District is also currently holding a Teen Video Challenge, inviting local ninth through twelfth grade students to submit videos they created on District preserves for a chance to win prizes.