One of the Big Island's most celebrated Photographers has done it again!

Bruce Omori, Extreme Exposure co-owner, once again is a winner in the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition!

Omori’s winning entry in the Art in Nature category, “Ribbons in the Sky,” is a wild airborne abstract created by a huge lava bubble explosion at the ocean entry.  Says Bruce, “Lava bubbles are definitely one of my favorite aspects of volcanic activity, as its infrequent and unpredictable nature make it difficult, yet exhilarating to shoot.   The bursts are so spontaneous, there is no way to plan for a precise composition, and this 50 to 60 foot wide bubble was no exception.  The early morning light gave a perfect balance to the expanding ribbons of lava against the contrasting background for a one of a kind image.  And, about being in the right place at the right time… I'm just so thoroughly blessed to have the opportunity to witness, let alone photograph, this incredible living and breathing planet we live on, from this perspective… at home, here in Hawaii!”

The annual competition receives approximately 25,000 entries in the fields of photography, science, and conservation. Each photograph is judged on technical quality, originality, and artistic merit. The winning photographs will be on display in the 20th Anniversary Awards Exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC., from October 24, 2015 to August, 2016.  The awards ceremony took place last night.

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Photos by: Jim Sullivan (Top: Bruce with his award, Above: Bruce's acceptance speech)

When asked how the event went, Bruce explained, “The event last night was AWESOME!!!!  So incredible…  SUCH an honor to stand amongst a group of AMAZING photographers!!!!  So humbling to meet these incredible individuals, as their work has been a source of inspiration for me in my very own journey as a photographer and person.  To hear their stories, and sharing experiences with each other, made me realize that the one common element in all of our ambitions is to protect and preserve our planet through education and awareness.  It’s been a life changing experience for me and I’ll strive to use it as motivation to take my work to the next level.

The exhibit is INCREDIBLE…  Everything, from the printing to the presentation, is like none other.  The quality of every aspect is amazing…  and of course, the work is utterly amazing, so the impact each image has individually and together as a body of work, is just mind-blowing!!!  

Below is the picture that won!  Congratulations Bruce, making the Big Island Proud!

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