Photo Challenge Finalists: Action Shots With Beautiful Backgrounds

Chaos meets beauty in these awesome reader-submitted photos

March Challenge Gallery Thumb

March Challenge Gallery Thumb

For the march Photo Challenge, we called for action photos taken in beautiful settings. A tall order, to be sure. But, the results were stunning. The entries run the gamut from stunning urban scenes to feats of daring like the one pictured above.

Want a chance to be featured in our next finalist gallery? Head over to our contests page and show off your best work. There are prizes to be one and photos to be published. Good luck!

The Dip

The Dip

By Karl Bischoff We got married and went on our honeymoon to Moab Utah and since we still had our wedding clothes with us we decided not to miss the sunset.
Dodging Bullets

Dodging Bullets

By DANIEL DEARCO Wall isn't photoshopped. This concept is based off the idea that dancers would make amazing secret agents. Flexible, strong, hard working, and able to think quick on their feet--wouldn't you agree with me? Ola Olga is an elite rhythmic gymnast and was a dream to work with.
Untitled

Untitled

By Maryanne Gobble Self portrait while playing around on a sand bar at Whiskeytown Lake near Redding, CA
Astrophotographer at Work

Astrophotographer at Work

By Jeff Sullivan In June 2011 my kids and I took a 1000+ mile lap around California's Sierra Nevada. One night we arrived at this area of interesting rock formations around 2 am. My kids were asleep, so I snuck out for a quick self-portrait before waking them up so they could shoot star trails.
Swarm

Swarm

By DIggie Vitt This is a photo that was taken in north east Florida. I wanted to show the escape of an individual.
Under the Bridge

Under the Bridge

By Rafael Infante I am a big fan of using symmetry when taking pictures. When I saw this spot I knew I had to shoot it. I grabbed my camera, some off-camera lighting, and a friend and we got this awesome shot!
Born free

Born free

By pranab basak joy to rternity
Backflips and Black Tusk

Backflips and Black Tusk

By Caillum Smith That moment when everything seems to fade away, and you are left suspended in nothing but time and space. Competitive amateur skiier Hunter Visser shows me how to pose for a photo with this massive backflip off a natural wind drift in Whistler, BC.
Soaring High

Soaring High

By Kerry Dutka A family of geese in flight, in a beautifully clear afternoon sky.
Guy Eriksen, Mt. Rose, Nevada

Guy Eriksen, Mt. Rose, Nevada

By Quincy Shanks Guy Eriksen getting a better inspection of the cliff he was just standing on. On our way down from a day in the backcountry my friend decides to backflip this cliff into the fading light.
Soccer Star

Soccer Star

By Jensine Odom My brother working on his kick.
Around The Beach

Around The Beach

By Lorenzo Cassina This is Naples Beach in the west side of Florida overlooking to the Gulf of Mexico. The shot was taken in the evening hours with hundreds of birds flying everywhere.
Skateboarding

Skateboarding

By LUIZ CALADO A unidentified skater catches air in the afternoon at the Venice Beach Skate park.
Fun in the Creek

Fun in the Creek

By Gabrielle Hurst I like for my children to enjoy what I did as a child. My son, Quinn, having a splashy good time in the creek behind our house. I used to do the same thing in the creeks behind my house in Louisiana when I was his age.
Wanting Warmth

Wanting Warmth

By Weston Clark Hair flowing was the main action of this photo.
951

951

By Marco Hernandez Mountain Biking in San Diego
The Runner

The Runner

By Sandra Banister A runner on a hiking trail in Portland Oregon. Fog and sun mixed in and I decided to bring my camera that morning since I shoot in fog on a regular basis. I spectacular decisive moment. Contrast adjustments in photoshop
Man on the Ledge

Man on the Ledge

By Peter Podobnik Action! And almost fell off the bike.
Above the lights

Above the lights

By Ken James Motorcycle hillclimb held in the evening under artificial lights made easy with the low light capabilities of the Nikon D5100 to capture details at race speed.
Take Off

Take Off

By Warren Cane Sopa As I was driving with my wife on our motorcycle we passed by one of this idyllic beaches of our city. We noticed a group of young skim enthusiast. So I grabbed my camera and took action shots of them with the sunset on the background.