Winner: Andrea Westmoreland (DeLand, Florida)
Camera: Nikon D200 with Sigma 120-400 mm lens
About the Photo: Westmoreland was taking pictures near Ponce Inlet, on Florida’s eastern coast, when she spied a male brown pelican bathing in the the last warm rays of light just before sundown. “I flipped the photo upside down so the pelican’s face is right side up, giving the image a novel perspective,” Westmoreland says, noting that her subject was “in full breeding plumage” in order to appear “radiant” to females. (She also notes that the orange element behind the pelican’s head is a jagged, rusty piece of metal that was protruding from the pier—not part of the radiant pelican’s plumage, as it almost appears to be at first glance.)
Like all past and future winners of the "You're OnEarth" photo contest, Westmoreland won a trip for two to a Caravan Tours destination of her choosing—Costa Rica, Guatemala, the Canadian Rockies, the Grand Canyon, Nova Scotia, or New England—valued up to $5,000.
Runner-up Teddy Westcott Llovet of Morro Bay, California, won a pair of Vanguard Endeavor ED binoculars (valued at $425) for this remarkable photo taken of northeastern California’s Mono Lake at sunrise.
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