Third Place: Sublimity
Michael Wright, Dimension Data North America
Michael Wright’s photography is dedicated to preserving – not only on film (which he still uses exclusively for his landscape photos), but literally, nature’s most vital and precious places. Such is the subject of Michael’s winning photo – a dramatic sunset high in the Colorado Rockies. In the waning light, the fingers of lingering snow on the distant peak reveal the secret to the stunning beauty of this fragile alpine wonderland: cool temperatures and plenty of precipitation. Without this combination, these briefly-appearing marsh marigolds and the myriad of delicate wildflowers that succeed them couldn’t thrive. “But with the effects of global warming beginning to reach even these lofty, remote sanctuaries,” says Michael, “is the sun setting on some of nature’s most precious gifts?”
A Deployment Engineer in Dimension Data North America, Michael is an avid skier, runner, backpacker, writer and high country landscape photographer. Michael’s passion for the outdoors has resulted in his genuine concern for the environment and detrimental effects of man’s destructive behavioural patterns. “The domino effect continues as the diverse resident fauna lose their food and water sources, leaving them in a precarious situation,” said Michael.