Photographer: Beau Sylte, Bothell
Photo taken: Juneau, Alaska, Sept. 1
Photographer's description: "Here we see my girlfriend, Tanya, inside an ice cave in Juneau, Alaska, only a two-hour flight from Seattle and then a short hike. I snapped this picture with a borrowed Canon 5dM3 as Tanya walked away from the lens. The glacial ice in Southeast Alaska is arguably the bluest in the world. I have been a professional video-production person in the past, but nothing pro for photography. I usually stick to motion, but on this occasion saw the potential for a still."
Expert says: "This is a really cool photo. The highlights on the ice allow us to see that great texture created and it helps me feel like I’m in that ice cave. I also like that we can see that little stream and the falling water drops, though subtle. The color of this photo is magnificent and a huge reason why this photo stood out to me — that is definitely some blue ice! Having Tanya in the image puts a human element in something that seems out-of-this-world and I don’t think it would be as great if she weren’t in it (although that might be the photojournalist in me talking.)"
-- Katie G. Cotterill, Seattle Times photo staff