WINDLAND SMITH RICE AWARDS
CUERNOS DEL PAINE
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
By Cristobal Serrano
Torres del Paine, in Chilean Patagonia, is known for its jagged mountains, ancient forests, lakes, rivers, lagoons, and glaciers with blue icebergs. Parklands shelter wildlife such as the puma, guanaco, fox, several deer species, and maned wolves. One of its most iconic sites is Cuernos del Paine, at 6,300 feet (1.9 km) high.
“Above the Patagonian steppe, immense peaks are flanked by the summit of Paine Grande and the black sedimentary tusks known as 'Los Cuernos' (the Horns). Spectacular granite spires and mountains of the massif dominate the landscape where a recent snowfall dusts the higher walls. Framing the scene with the cool colors of gathering storm clouds contrasted with the warm, reddish light of sunrise, creating a radiant three-dimensional presence.” —CS
Canon 5D Mark III; 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II USM lens at 123mm; 1 sec at ƒ/14; ISO 100; RRS tripod; ball head.