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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 8 Winner

The winner of Week 8 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Chase DiGregorio (@chasedigreg). Hawaii is filled with green mountains and ridgelines, but it's not until you get up close and personal that you realize how steep and impressive they really are. Chase has won $150 and is getting his 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?
Oahu, Hawaii

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Sony a6500
Lens: Sigma 16mm
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Aperture: f/7.0
ISO: 100

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
There wasn’t much besides the four mile hike to set up the shot I wanted.

How long have you been shooting?
I bought my first camera two and a half years ago to take photos of my friends surfing.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Landscape photography became my favorite subject to shoot after moving to Hawaii. The ridgelines here are so dramatic. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

Where would be your dream location to take photos?
Yosemite National Park, Iceland, and the Dolomites in Italy.

Who are some photographers that inspire you?
Chris Burkard and Jimmy Chin.

What excites you about photography?
What excites me most is doing an amazing hike and being able to capture a moment that I can always look back on to remember the adventure.

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