and its readers have long cherished the winner in this category, but a recent story really put Chad Harder's grace, perseverance and talent into perspective. The former Indy
and Montana Headwall
photo editor, who moved to Alaska in March, wrote a Headwall
feature article that chronicled in grisly detail how he almost lost his hand during a freakish rock climbing accident while on assignment. Luckily, Harder came out of that harrowing experience in one piece, and with his humor and drive intact, but it wasn't easy. He went through numerous surgeries and months of grueling rehab. In a way, that ordeal serves as a reminder of how a lot of Harder's stunning photography is a product of his dogged determination no matter how effortless he always makes it look.
Finalists, Best Photographer
2. Dax Photography:
3. Mike Williams Photography: