The Washington Post

Honorable mention 

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Gabriel Lee, 66, Takoma, Wash.

Lee, a retired cardiologi­st, took this image on the Grand Canyon’s South Rim during a lightning and monsoon photograph­y workshop last August. The group checked the forecast, saw a thunder cell forming and drove to the location hoping to photograph it. Lee set up quickly and snapped this image around 6:40 p.m. after about 15 minutes of waiting. He used a Nikon Z7 II camera with a Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-24mm lens; he also used a lightning trigger, a gadget that activates the shutter when lightning strikes. He was taken with the cloud’s mushroom shape and the contrast of the storm’s microclima­te and the blue sky. “There’s something about capturing beautiful landscapes that’s hard to describe and you want to preserve that memory,” he said. “This lightning is probably 30 or 40 miles away, but even at that distance you can appreciate its tremendous force.”

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