Photograph of Austin wins Smithsonian Magazine Awards!

I just found out that this photo below of Austin on the Fourth of July was selected as the winner for the Annual Smithsonian Magazine Awards in the Americana category. Sweet! I’m happy that an HDR picture has won such a prestigious award. These contests traditionally eschew things that are too far away from the classic film techniques. But hey, it’s 2007… all the cool people use DIGG, read TechCrunch, watch Lost, and shoot in HDR, right?

I actually had two pictures selected for the 50 finalists, which is also a first. The other picture (I put below the fireworks shot) of the monkey in Kuala Lumpur is not HDR… it’s just a straight up shot of a monkey sitting in front of the inky blackness of the main chamber of the Batu Caves. It was a finalist in the “Natural World” category, where I lost bigtime to this shot of ants and some kind of amber-lookin-stuff. It’s a good shot for sure. It seems a strange coincidence strange that both photos were from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Fourth on Lake Austin

Across the Line

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  • Karoli

    Congratulations, Trey! It is well-deserved. Do they send you anything, like a certificate to keep around for posterity?

  • tratcliff

    Thanks. I am waiting for my plaque in the mail or my Dundee award.

  • Patrick


  • Keith

    But hey, it’s 2007… all the cool people use DIGG, read TechCrunch, watch Lost, and shoot in HDR, right?

    Tell my wife that!

    Congratulations, Trey!

  • Mike

    Trey, my timing is awful, as usual. We just shipped our July issue yesterday.

    Looking to July 2008, though, would you be up for us running your lake/fireworks image in Window on Texas? Pay would be $170 plus $15 for web use. If that works for you, size the image to 8.25″ wide at 350 ppi, save in RGB as max. JPEG and email it to me.

    Mike Murphy
    Photo Editor, TX HWYS

  • andie


  • tratcliff

    Thanks all :)

  • M a d . P h o t o . W o r l d

    Well don’t feel to bad about not winning in both category and the ant shot is pretty hard to beat.

    I, for one, like your monkey shot better than the fireworks. Think the composition and the colors are much better.

  • bgarchar

    Congratulations Trey from Susan and Bianca – we are proud of you!! Way to go!

  • Neil

    A HUGE congratulations Trey. Well deserved & a good advertisement for HDR to the “industry”.
    I wouldn’t be concerned about the monkey photo not winning, it certainly is up there with the best. ;-)

  • http://? ange

    wow! your pictures are amazing! they’re really unique and are really different from most of the photography that i see these days. keep up the good work!

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  • ursinus

    this Austin image is so severely overprocessed it certainly cannot be called a photograph

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