Third place (judge Zirrus Van Devere’s choice): “Converging Plates” was taken by Steve Epperheimer, of Soldotna, on Skilak Lake just south of the upper boat launch. ”These ice plates were about 3 feet high and covered a distance of approximately two miles, and not in a straight direction. To capture this shot I laid flat on the snow and crawled backward until I positioned the sun so as to illuminate the plates.” Judges’ comments: Complete tonal range. Great combination of lights and darks. The way they play together is really exciting. From edge to edge there isn’t anywhere where that the interaction of light isn’t playing across the image. It makes the snow feel monumental, and yet the actual monumental structures — the mountains — in the background are visible yet dwarfed by the snow.