Great Start to a New Year

 

I  got some really exciting news recently:  I was awarded the Grand Prize for the 2018 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest.  Touted as the “most photographed event in the world” (at least by the marketing team in Albuquerque),  it is quite a honor and certainly one of my highlights for 2018. Grand Prize Winner: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

The funny thing is, I didn’t plan to go to this event (my wife, Anita, planned it as a ‘bucket list’ trip).  I didn’t plan to enter the contest…again, Anita got me to do it (after asking me about a million times).  So like most of the good things in my life, I have Anita to thank!

We attended 5 days of the week-long Fiesta which allowed me to scout the venue and plan this shot well in advance.   This particular morning was one in which they launch the ‘Special Shape’ Balloons…which includes everything from Darth Vader to Stagecoaches.  I positioned my tripod on the embankment on the north side of the huge Balloon Park and made this 6 frame panorama soon after sunrise.  The wonderful side-lighting really worked wonders with the explosion of enthusiastic colors exhibited by the mass of unique balloons.

Some of my other shots from the Fiesta:

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

I Fought the Law (and the Law Won)

  Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

Colors UP!

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

Follow the Leader

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

Who needs a heart?

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

Try Not: DO!

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

Rodeo at Dawn

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

Wagontrain

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

Infinite Dreams

Photography for me is really not about contests: it’s a way for me to express my creative side and encourage me to explore the world.  Just the same, this isn’t a shabby way to start the year!  

Jeff

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest 2018

Full sized version my winning shot

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4 Comments

  1. Ryan Chapman January 16, 2019 at 5:59 am #

    Amazing Jeff. Just unbelievable work. I really appreciate your creative work.

  2. Karl Chiang January 3, 2019 at 9:48 pm #

    Big Congratulations and well deserved! Happy New Year and hope 2019 is just as great!

    • Jeff Stamer January 6, 2019 at 3:58 pm #

      Thanks Karl! Hope you have a great 2019 as well!

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