Follow along as we introduce the finalists of the 2016 T+L Photo Contest. These nine photographers come from all over the United States—but their photos span the entire world. For Round 2 of the contest, we asked each finalist to subject a few more of their photographs showcasing their talent and a video outlining why they should be named the winner. Don't forget to vote for your favorite photographer before the voting ends on December 13th.
Travel photographer Caroline Morrow made it to the second round of the 2016 T+L Photo Contest with her shot of Half Dome in Yosemite Valley (pictured above). It's a location that's photographed hundreds of times every year, but our photo editors were impressed by its fresh feel. "Landscape had thousands of submissions," said Photo Director Scott Hall. "People take the same photo, so for someone to be able to take something that so photographed… well, this is a good example of how you take a cliché subject and make it original.” Photo Editor Alex Arnold puts it simply: “Kudos for taking an original photo of Half Dome.”
Her favorite subject is evident: landscapes. She takes that love of nature into her work life—she spends her days working at an outdoor store. "When I'm capturing landscapes, I want other people to see these photos and feel how I felt in that moment," she says. "For example, the photo of the sun setting over the reservoir in Jackson, Mississippi. I would have sat there for hours watching that sunset. I want other people to feel peace and serenity when they see that photo."
You can get to know more about Morrow and her photography strategies in her finalist video. Check it out—and don't forget to vote!