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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 12 Winner

The winner of Week 12 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Andy Vu (@andyhvu). Monument Valley is without a doubt one of the most awe inspiring locations on the planet. Add in a little atmospheric instability and you've got the recipe for an amazing image. Andy has won a $100 gift code to and we are donating $100 to the Surfrider Foundation in his name. Learn more about Andy below.

Where was the image shot?
Monument Valley, UT.

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Canon 6D
Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM
Shutter Speed: 1/160'
Aperture: f/9.0
ISO: 100

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
Yes. In order to photograph lightning, having a tripod is a must. I also had my intervalometer connected. It helped with getting the right moment quickly.

How long have you been shooting?
I started my photography in October 2016 so it's been a little over two years.

What's your camera of choice?
Right now I am using the Sony A7rIII and I love it.

What’s your favorite subject matter to shoot?
I love mountains and glacial lakes the most. But I would take photos of anything that is interesting and looks beautiful to me, especially nature.

Do you shoot with a crew or shoot solo?
I usually shoot with a crew. I love sharing my adventures whether with friends or family. I am all about the experience.

What excites you about photography?
Story telling. I love how a photograph can tell story without words and that excites me the most.