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Storm Chasers: Photography Contest Winners

Oct 02, 2011 09:23PM ● By Anonymous

The call for entries went out this past spring and the resulting winners and honorable mentions demonstrate a passion for capturing the moment. Weather, especially pending and occurring storms, poses quite a challenge to photographers. Thankfully, you rose to the challenge. In several cases, that moment was captured in black and white, which attracted our editors and professional photographers who cast their votes. And for the first time, a photograph taken with a camera phone (iPhone) made the cut. Enjoy this contest’s winning entries.


Our Three Overall Winners

Thomas Lorsung
Cooks Point Cove, where the Choptank River meets the Chesapeake Bay. “The photo, which was taken Feb. 25th, shows waves splashing over my dock as strong winds stir up the coves,” says Lorsung. “Using a handheld wind gauge, I measured 38 mph in the yard.” Shot with a Nikon D300, with Nikon 18–200mm lens.


Larry Martin
U.S. Naval Academy Bridge over the Severn River during an oncoming storm. This photograph also appeared in our September 2011 issue of What’s Up? Annapolis to help illustrate the article, Isabel.

Joseph Gruver
Ocean City Boardwalk after a midwinter snow. (pictured at top)

Honorable Mentions

Glenn Marshall
Matapeake fishing pier on Kent Island. “The day I took this was the day we had the tornadoes touch down near Chestertown,” says Marshall. Shot with a Sony A900, with a 16–35mm lens.


Caitlin Kellagher
Storm right off of the Chesapeake Bay on the Magothy River, summer 2010. Shot with an iPhone, general camera settings.


Gordon Bennett
In this role reversal, the photographer is being chased by the storm.


Matthew Jones
“Taken on my farm in Crownsville, after a 2010 winter snowstorm.” Shot with a Cannon Rebel XSi.


Todd Matson
“I took this photograph on Sunday, the 4th of April, just outside my house,” says Matson. Shot with a Cannon Rebel XS at 20 second exposure, aperture 5.6.

Next Photo Contest: Chesapeake Hidden Gems!

Have you visited a special place, outdoors or in, that speaks to you? Did you photograph it? If so, we want to see your local hidden gems. These are places, outdoors or in, that are off the beaten path. Think parks, recreation, historic landmarks, nonprofit museums and galleries, beautiful scenery, and even street scenes. (Please no close-up photos of commercial businesses.)

Please submit high-resolution digital photographs to and include “Photo Contest” in the subject line. Or send prints to 929 West St., Ste. 208A, Annapolis, MD 21401, marked “Attn. Editorial Photo Contest.” (We regret that we cannot return prints.)

Include information about where the photograph was taken and when, as well as what type of camera and specifications you used to take the photograph. Camera phone photographs are accepted!

Entry deadline is December 20, 2011.

First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive a prize to be determined. Good luck!