"CLOUD BOW", BY THOMAS KOKTA; WINNER, 'BLACK & WHITE".
"Namibia is well known for its red sand dunes. Deadvlei provides stark contrasts with its dead trees and enormous sand dunes in the background. Typically conditions are dry, with clear skies. However, after a number of trips to the area, I finally arrived on a day that greeted me with very low clouds and virtually no visibility. There was so much moisture in the air that my lenses were misted over within seconds.
The unusual conditions made for nice images, but more was to come. Suddenly, patches of blue sky appeared and the clouds started to burn off. In one direction, there was a bow – something I had never seen before. I quickly changed my camera position to the vertical and shot a few dozen frames to do justice to the width of the scene via a panorama. I used the two dead trees in the foreground as lead-in to the edge of the bow. The bow disappeared quickly and the sky was blue within minutes. The monochrome conditions lent themselves to a black/white conversion."