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Week 30 Winner

The winner of Week 30 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Quinn Hiaasen. The best firework shows on the planet are the ones served up by Mother Nature. Quinn has won a $100 gift code to and we are donating $100 to the Surfrider Foundation on his behalf. Learn more about Quinn below.

Where was the image shot?
The image was shot in Islamorada, Florida, the town where I grew up.

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Nikon D750
Lens: Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 30 secs
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 320

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
This photo was kind of spur of the moment; the only real preparation I needed was a tripod. I like to keep my shooting setup fairly simple so when moments like this come along I can capture them on the fly. Nature is unpredictable!

How long have you been shooting?
I have been shooting for about 7 years, ever since I dredged up my mom’s old camera when I was 11 years old. I got more serious about my photography about 4 years ago.

What's your camera of choice?
I used to use Nikon as my main platform, but I recently switched to Sony and am completely blown away. I love DSLR’s, but mirrorless technology is becoming so advanced, I felt like I needed to give it a shot. I don’t think I will be going back.

What’s your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Nature and landscapes have always been my favorite. I love the way you can use photography as a tool to communicate how beautiful nature is to those who don’t have the chance to experience it the same way that you do.

Do you shoot with a crew or shoot solo?
I prefer to shoot solo, I love the silence. Being alone, for me at least, creates a really freeing headspace where ideas seem to flow effortlessly.

What excites you about photography?
How it continues to be a powerful tool for change. Too many people are neglecting to look outside and care about the world we live in. I hope the images that I, as well as every other photographer, are creating will play a small role in convincing some of those people that this world is worth caring after.