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Week 40 Winner

The winner of Week 40 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Luke Gover (@iamlukegover). The desert features spectacular visuals anytime of day, but there's something special about watching the night turn to day as warm sunlight slowly begins to pour over the various formations in Monument Valley. Luke has won a $100 gift code to and we are donating $100 to the Surfrider Foundation in his name. Learn more about Luke below.

Where was the image shot?
Monument Valley, Utah.

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Canon EOS 80D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 600

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
Not really, just waking up really early. I slept in my truck the night before and set my alarm for 5AM to catch the sunrise.

How long have you been shooting?
I have been shooting for almost two years.

What's your camera of choice?
Canon EOS 80D. The only DSLR I've ever owned.

What’s your favorite subject matter to shoot?
I like to take photos of landscapes and my dog...when he wants to cooperate.

Do you shoot with a crew or shoot solo?
I often shoot by myself because photography is good escape for me, but I am willing to shoot with anyone who wants to tag along.

What excites you about photography?
It gets me outside, keeps me active and often involves traveling. Photography is a good way to capture the moments of your life that are significant. I know that I’ll be able to look back on the images I’ve captured and appreciate what I've done and where I've been.