1st Place: Art Glass
When he walked into the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, DAVID PENCE of New Bremen, OH, knew he'd found a spectacular source for the kind of colorful, abstract photos he loves to make: Dale Chihuly's new sculpture, Fireworks of Glass, which soars five stories through the museum's atrium. Pence, a 41-year-old designer for an aerospace company, shot from below the massive, hanging sculpture, aiming his camera through a glass panel and exploiting the natural light that poured through Chihuly's interlocking forms. "I took three or four shots, but this was my favorite," he says. We'd have to agree. Tech info: Canon EOS 30D, 50-500mm f/4-6.3 Sigma APO lens. Exposure, 1/100 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400.