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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 5 Winner

The winner of Week 5 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Maja Adamska (@mayaadamska). Sometimes the coldest and wettest places can create the most magnificent photos. Maja has won $150 and is getting her winning image printed on a HippyTree t-shirt. Explore the Nature Photography Collective section on our site to view t-shirts of past winners.

Where was the image shot?
Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Sony a7R II
Lens: Sony 24-70mm
Shutter Speed: 30 sec
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
There were actually quite a few people visiting the cave that day. We had to be really patient and wait for the cave to be relatively empty.

How long have you been shooting?
I started to travel at a very early age. I didn’t own a camera at that time and was mostly borrowing one from my sister. I feel traveling and photography go hand in hand, as you always want to document what you are experiencing and share it with your friends. I wouldn’t really call what I was doing at that time photography, but they were my first attempts.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
I’m someone who changes their preferences quite often, so what interests me today might not in a few weeks! What doesn’t change is that I like movement in photography. Anything that has to do with adventure, lifestyle and action.

Where would be your dream location to take photos?
Patagonia, Alaska, Mongolia, New Zealand and anywhere you can drive for hours and not see a sign of civilization.

Who are some photographers that inspire you?
There are quite a few and it also changes a lot depending on what I am into at the moment. To name a few: Joel L, Joshua K. Jackson, Jason Charles Hill, Nick Bondarev or Sebastien Zanella.

What excites you about photography?
It’s the only thing that can motivate me to wake up for the sunrise!