Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Nature / Landscapes


  • Photographer
    Michael Simon
  • Agency / Studio
    Simon Fine Arts
  • Technical Info
    162mm F/18 1/1000s
  • Photo Date
    July 11, 2020

In the Alaskan boundary range there are a myriad of unexplored glaciers and seldom seen landscapes. During a boat ride up one of the fiords we made our way to to a location hoping to capture glacial calving. Without the distinct cracks which precede ice breaking off the glacier, suddenly a massive shooter from beneath the waterline broke to the surface. The stunning ice formation in this shot came from the deepest and purest depths of the glacier, making its way to the surface for the first time in more than 5,000 years.

My mom put a camera in my hands for the first time, and thru it, 50 countries later, I met the world. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was 9, and my parents decided to retire early for her to live out her dreams before eventually passing. Grief showed up as a force of energy and as a psychological and spiritual challenge: in the darkest of places, find magic—the little jewels buried deep within the universe that inside us all, create a spark. My goal is to change your conversations, views, and purpose thru pictures. And in the end...help you see that even in darkness, there is light.