Go Wide Assignment Winner Laura Zirino

by Ann de Bruyn

By Staff

Published January 28, 2022

Congratulations to Laura Zirino for winning the recent Go Wide Assignment with the image, “White Sands Sunrise.” See more of Zirino’s photography at laurazirino.smugmug.com.

View the winning image and a selection of submissions in the gallery below. And be sure to check out our current photography assignment here and enter your best shots!

Winner: "White Sands Sunrise" By Laura Zirino



“I went to White Sands hoping for thunderstorms, which of course cleared up the day after I arrived,” explains Zirino. “So instead I got up early and hiked into the dunes in the dark. I just wandered around, seeing what I could find (or what would find me). When the sun rose over the mountains, I was standing at the top of this dune as the first light hit. The dunes glow when the sunlight first hits them! I shot this close to the ground and caught the last bit of color in the clouds, and the low angle emphasized the lines and textures in the sand.”

Canon 5D MkIII, 17-40mm lens. Exposure: 1/4 sec., f/14, ISO 100.