Dean Alger took this photo on an early morning walk at in Yellowstone National Park in August 2008.
"The sky turned this mystical purple tint for about 30 seconds just before it became more of a typical yellowish sunrise."
(Submitted by Dean Alger)
About the prize
Located in the heart of historic Back Bay, the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers is one of Boston's most recognized and renowned landmarks. Winner receives a two-night stay.
About the judge
John Tlumacki has been a staff photographer at the Boston Globe since 1981. There's not much he hasn't covered, including three Winter Olympics, several Super Bowls, and the fall of the Berlin Wall, for which he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. When on assignment shooting icebergs in the North Atlantic, he had the opportunity to fly an Air Force C-135. He crashed in a hot-air balloon race that took off from Foxborough when the basket hit the top of a tall pine tree off Interstate 95. He also took the last known photo of fugitive Whitey Bulger wearing a white Red Sox baseball cap. John is a graduate of Boston University, magna cum laude from the College of Communication. He resides on the South Shore with his wife, Debra.