Fishing at dawn with a Nikon D610: Our January photography contest winners unveiled!


posted Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 9:33 AM EST


Our Photo of the Day contest has reached it's first milestone of 2017, as we honor our first set of prize-winning photographers! And it's a great start to the year indeed, as we have some delightful images on display for you this month. Thanks for taking a closer look at these photographers' prize-winning images, and please feel free to leave comments for them down below!

Winning our First Prize for January is no stranger to the awards podium in our contest. Sirsendu Gayen with his trusty Nikon D610 has brought us yet another delightful image titled "The Intha Fishermen of Inle Lake," and this photograph very much captivated our judging panel. The image is both whimsical and at the same time full of the moment, and we're proud to display it for you here.

Congratulations to Sirsendu on yet another worthy prize winning photograph!

First Prize • $300 gift certificate from Adorama

The Intha Fishermen of Inle Lake by Sirsendu Gayen
Nikon D610

Second Prize • $200 gift certificate from Adorama

Love Bite by Gary Gray
Canon 7D

Third Prize • $100 gift certificate from Adorama

Aranha Papa-Moscas by Denis Moura
Nikon D500

Congratulations to our three prize-winning photographers from January!

Additional Honors

First runner-up • Fire in the Sky by Daniel Fox
Canon 7D

Second runner-up • Urban Cycling by Stefano Avolio
Canon T3i

January Winners' Gallery

Thanks to all photographers who enter our contest, and please keep the excellent submissions coming our way!

[Editor's note: When voting for the monthly winners, the voting panel is only shown the printed images and is not aware of the name of the photographers nor the camera models.]

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For you gear-heads curious about the cameras used by our prize-winners, this month was a return to the status quo, which for most of the life of this contest has been a back and forth interplay between Canon and Nikon DSLRs. The winners and runners-up this month included a Nikon D610, a pair of Canon 7Ds, a Nikon D500 and even a Canon T3i. For more about what our prize-winning photographers shoot with and why, please see this article.

And for those of you wanting to know more about our competition please visit this news story, which describes our contest and also offers some useful tips to help you succeed, and this story that warns you of the best ways to NOT succeed. To see the camera and exposure information for this month's winners, please click any image above, and to see winners from previous months, please visit our POTD winner's gallery.

[And if you're ready to enter now, just click here!]

On a related note, we've just started a new series of articles called "Reader Stories," where we turn the tables and let you, our readers, do the talking! We're interested in seeing more of the shots you're the happiest with, and in hearing just how you got them, or just hearing about your passions, interests and the gear you love! Intrigued? Please click here!

• Thanks to Adorama for sponsoring our contest! •

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News stories from previous monthly winners:

Let's Be Friends by Debra S. Dorothy

December 2016 POTM Winners

November 2016 POTM Winners

October 2016 POTM Winners

September 2016 POTM Winners

August 2016 POTM Winners

July 2016 POTM Winners

June 2016 POTM Winners

May 2016 POTM Winners

April 2016 POTD Winners

March 2016 POTD Winners


First place • Bull Racer_2 by Dennis Miller • Nikon D4s

First place • Bull Racer_2 by Dennis Miller • Nikon D4s
Second Prize • Prince of Denali by Laurence Laliberte • Canon 6D

Third Prize • Himalaya by Sirsendu Gayen • Nikon D80

First runner-up • A Vietnamese Woman in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam by Donh Dinh • Sony NEX-7

Second runner-up • Tawny Frogmouth by Mitch Spence • Nikon D80
Wild Dolphin by Karen Celella