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Angela Legens of Seymour, Mo., showed us that you don’t have to travel to exotic lands to snap a great travel photo. In fact, Legens traveled only to Pomme de Terre Lake in Hermitage, Mo., about two hours from her home, to snap the winning shot in the Post-Dispatch’s annual travel photo contest.
“We took a long weekend trip to Pomme de Terre,” she says. “Me, my husband and 7-year-old daughter. My husband fished, and I spent time sitting in a chair next to the lake. It was great.” The Legenses try to camp a few times a year, always in a tent. “We are hard-core,” she says with a laugh.
On the last day of this trip, they were tearing down camp. “It was kind of a classic lake morning. There was fog all over the lake; it was just beautiful,” Legens says. Then she looked up and saw a boat coming down the water with fishermen. “I ran to my car and got my camera. Then the fisherman got his line snagged, so I was waiting and waiting and waiting. It was just kind of a happy accident.” But it made for a beautiful photo.
Lynden Steele, assistant managing editor for photography at the Post-Dispatch, says Legens’ image proved that with a good eye, anyone can find a great shot close to home — “if they’re lucky.” In his judging comments he said: “A light fog breathes life into this shimmering scene of fishermen framed by silhouetted trees. The photograph captures a favorite Missouri tradition: finding a quiet fishing spot with a friend or two.”
Steve Zonca of Ballwin was on a trip with his wife and several friends to Machu Picchu and then to the Galápagos Islands.
He took this photo on Isabella Island as he was walking over lava flows.
“Once you got a short distance from the shore, you were surrounded by a large expanse of hardened black lava, where seemingly nothing would grow except for an occasional cactus or a small weed,” Zonca says. “However, occasionally you would come across these saltwater tidal pools fed through some hidden underground channels where life was trying to establish a beachhead. The contrast between the black lava and the green marsh grass was startling. ... Then from a distance we saw a pair of flamingos flying toward us, and they glided to a landing in the tidal pool where they spent some time wading and feeding. After a while they decided it was time to move on, and I took this picture as the first one was taking flight. The picture summarized the day’s experience for me — life taking hold and taking flight among even the most difficult conditions.”
He took the picture using a Nikon D7100 camera with a Nikkor 55-300 mm zoom lens.
“This one of the flamingo in the Galápagos Islands caught my eye immediately,” says features photo editor Hillary Levin. “The photographer had the benefit of good light coming from the right direction, highlighting the bright-pink color of the bird against the lush earthy tones of the ground and water.
“I’m glad he waited and was prepared for the bird to do something; spreading its wings against the dark pool allowed it to become the focus of the image. Patience and preparation for the unexpected are two top skills a photographer must possess when shooting wildlife.”
This year, he took this photo on a Grand Circle river cruise from Berlin to Prague in August and September.
“We were on a city tour of Berlin and had just finished visiting the Topography of Terror Museum, just west of Checkpoint Charlie,” he says. “The Berlin Wall is in front of the museum. I started by taking long shots of the wall and then discovered the ‘hole.’ I took several shots of people passing the portal, but alas, they were too quick. ... Luckily I was able to anticipate this bike rider.”
He took the photo with a Nikon D7100 with an 18 mm to 300 mm lens.
Philip likes that the rider epitomizes the new look of Berlin with her fashionable red slacks, leopard-print jacket and black boots. “I like this photo because it makes me reflect on how life was for the East German people during the oppression era of the wall. The photo symbolizes a look into West Germany through a hole in the wall, a window to the world for those that were caught behind the wall.”
Norma Klingsick, a Post-Dispatch designer and contest judge, agrees: “The framing and the splashes of color make this a captivating photo. The photographer captured and composed a perfect moment to create a photograph that has impact.”
Last year, it was a striking shot of a boat on Pomme de Terre Lake in Hermitage, Mo., that grabbed our attention as we judged our annual travel photo contest. The year before, a funny photo of horses in Sand Wash Basin, Colo.
This year, the winner of the Post-Dispatch’s annual travel photo contest could be your photo. We are accepting entries through Nov. 24.
A panel of Post-Dispatch journalists will choose first-, second- and third-place winners, plus honorable mentions. The winners will be announced and published Dec. 24 in the STL Life section. As prizes, the winners will receive hardcover books and, more importantly, bragging rights.
Here are the rules
• Deadline for submitting photos is Nov. 24.
• Only one photo may be entered per person.
• Images may be in color or black and white. The photo must have been taken between Oct. 10, 2016, and Nov. 1, 2017.
• It must come from a trip during which the photographer spent a night away from home outside the city of St. Louis and these counties: St. Louis, Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, Warren and Lincoln in Missouri; and Jersey, Madison, St. Clair, Monroe and Clinton in Illinois.
• Cropping is permitted. Minor burning, dodging and/or color corrections are acceptable.