September 2022 Photo Contest Winner: Jonathan Finney, Franklin, Tennessee

Congratulations Jonathan! With over 50 fantastic photos to choose from, yours received the highest rating among members. You have won a year of free dues for yourself. Thanks to everybody who submitted their wonderful “Iceland” theme photos for the September contest. They can still be seen and commented on by visiting

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Photo: Jonathan Finney

Just before visiting Iceland, I had just been laid off from my job. I did what many would consider rage traveling where you just need to get somewhere. This was around the time when Iceland opened back up for tourism with special conditions. Once I arrived, people stateside kept asking if I was going to see the volcano, which I did not know anything about until I heard it from the locals. Following a nice hike, I was presented with one of my best surprises and one of the most amazing things I’ve seen on this earth, simply by accident. This affirmed to me why I travel the way I do.


David Berhenke, Chicago, Illinois

Photo; David Berhenke

This trip to Iceland was my first chance to photograph nature’s lightshow — the Aurora Borealis. This night was spent at Geysir, where numerous pools were periodically erupting in watery plumes and venting steam from volcanic vents.

Arne Pedersen, Little Silver, New Jersey

Photo: Arne Pedersen

We were on a Hurtigruten cruise to the Arctic Islands. On a stop in the town of Bakkageroi, we saw a puffin colony on the other side of the bay at Hafnarholmi rock, and my wife pointed out these two puffins which appeared as though they were kissing.

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