Second place: “Desert Sunset Lightning”

by Alejandro Alvarado-Wells of Sahuaro High School.

Alvarado-Wells was at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum when he saw a storm brewing at sunset. He set up a tripod and waited patiently for two hours to get the image. He used a Canon EOS-6D digital camera with a 20 mm lens and a 30-second exposure. It’s his best lightning photo so far, he said. This year, he said, he “wanted to commit and become a photographer” with emphasis on nature. A pretty good start, we’d say. Jeff Kida of Arizona Highways said, “Alejandro found a great vantage point to make his photo. Since photography is all about light, this was very nicely done.”