Arizona Highways magazine awarded Beverly Copen of Sedona with the first place honor in the 2010 Annual Online Photography Contest for her submission, Sunset of the Century.
The photo, which features one of Sedona's famed sunsets, emphasizes the orange, red and gold tones in the clouds and contrasts them with the vivid green of a century plant in the foreground. As the photo contest winner, Copen was presented with a photography workshop, and her photo is featured in the September issue of Arizona Highways.
"Sunset of the Century was a moment in time that lasted less than 10 minutes and presented itself in my own front yard," said Copen. "I have been an Arizona Highways subscriber for years, and once I saw the online photography contest, I knew I wanted to submit this photograph."
Copen's use of fill flash to accentuate the juxtaposition of color caught the attention of Photo Editor Jeff Kida, who said, "This image is a study in light and form. It is a beautifully simple photograph that incorporates unexpected touches, such as the hummingbird that was captured as it was flying into the frame."
The annual Arizona Highways Online Photography Contest began as a way for photography enthusiasts to share their own unique artwork with the publication and its more than 1 million readers. Since 2008, the contest has grown to include more than 500 submissions each year from across Arizona and around the world.
"I believe my passion for photography allows me to provide a visual means for telling stories and broadening worldviews," said Copen, whose work is frequently featured in galleries throughout Arizona, including the Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery Phoenix.
For more information on the photography featured in the magazine, or to view the finalists and additional submissions from this year's photo contest, visit the photography section of the magazine's website.
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2011 photography contest in three categories, including landscape, macro and indigenous wildlife.
Participants are allowed to present an unlimited number of entries and can submit photos at www.arizhwys.com/photography/contest. Photographers are encouraged to read the photo submission guidelines prior to submitting photos.