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Moore Wins NWTF Photo Contest

Edward Moore of Rio Grande, N.J., won first place in the 2012 NWTF Photo Contest.

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Ansel Adams was renowned not only for his skill for composition and lighting, but also his artistry in the darkroom. His large format camera captured every detail of a scene, but Adams saw deeper into the image, and through his mastery of dodging and burning and bending light to his will, he brought his photographs to life.

This year's winner of the 13th Annual NWTF Photography Competition is as skilled in the digital darkroom as he is with his camera, and his ability to see deep into the image to the art within is keen. Edward Moore captured not only first place but also second place for his artistic renderings. An amateur photographer who became serious just four years ago, Moore, of Rio Grande, N.J., is a repeat champion, having won first place in the 2011 contest.

This year's winner is of a strutting gobbler in the woods. Careful dodging and burning creates a dramatic scene that draws the viewer into the moment and connects you to the bird through his amber eye. A beautiful work of art was taken with a Nikon D700 fronted with a 200-400mm f/4 Nikon lens.

This gobbler photo was "Taken in morning's first light," Moore described. "He would not allow any other male birds near his hens."




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