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Week 17 Winner

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The winner of Week 17 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Cullen McHale. With a summit elevation of 13,775 feet, the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park is one of the most iconic and impressive mountain ranges in all of North America. Cullen has won a $100 gift code to hippytree.com and we are donating $100 to the Access Fund on his behalf. Learn more about Cullen below.

Where was the image shot?
I captured this image on November 21, 2017, in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. My girlfriend and I took our two dogs up to Wyoming during our Thanksgiving break from the University of Colorado Boulder. It was cloudy almost the entire time, but on our last morning we drove down to an empty Jackson Lake and the sky cleared for about two hours, which allowed me to get this shot.

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 70-300mm
Aperture: f/16
Shutter Speed: 1/50
ISO: 100

How long have you been shooting?
In middle school I enjoyed video recording my friends cliff jumping in my hometown of Burlington, Connecticut. I was gifted a Canon T4i for my 18th birthday and that pushed me towards photography rather than videography. I took a semester off from school and volunteered at an orphanage in Kenya. While I'm currently finishing up a Mathematics degree at University of Colorado Boulder, traveling to Kenya inspired me to work on my photography skills.

What’s your favorite subject matter to shoot?
My favorite subject matter to shoot is the Milky Way Galaxy, followed by large mountain landscapes. Also, I have a passion for action sports and have shot at the Dew Tour and X Games.

Do you shoot with a crew or shoot solo?
I used to travel solo, but now I have the dog I rescued, Nitro, by my side. I also commonly travel with my girlfriend and her dog as well. My goal is to build a wide range of life experiences and help people along the way.

What excites you about photography?
Getting out and actively living the life I truly love, and taking photos of amazing memories that will last a lifetime. I get excited planning trips, hiking new trails, driving through the night and just exploring for exploring's sake.

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