The winners of the 3rd Patagonia Photo Contest

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 Grand prize winner and 1st place in Travel & Culture category: Preparing for winter (Angel Adaro)
With his dramatic photo titled “Preparing for winter,” we would like to congratulate Angel Adaro, the winner of the grand prize in the Third Patagonia Photo Contest in addition to first place in the Travel & Culture category.
This year’s contest, which included more than 2200 entries from participants from around the world, had among its twelve winners: six photographers from Chile, two photographers from Argentina, two photographers from Brazil, and one each from Belgium and the United Kingdom.
Adaro, 45, who lives in El Chaltén, Argentina, tells Patagon Journal he stumbled upon his spectacular top photo by chance. "I always have my camera with me, and on a trip from El Chaltén to Calafate I found myself in front of this scene. Although I was in a hurry, I dedicated easily at least an hour to getting this shot. It goes without saying that I arrived late to my meeting."
Originally from Choele Choel (population 10,971, located in the Argentine province of Río Negro), about 18 years ago he moved to El Chaltén where he has worked the past 16 years for the travel company Chaltén Travel. For more than two decades, Adaro has pursued photography as a hobby. At first, he was focused mostly on social events like weddings and birthdays, but during the past five years he has been dedicated foremost to photographing landscapes. “I think it’s a great way to stay grounded with the land and disconnect. I also like very much being able to transmit something powerful with my images.”
“El Chaltén has very special places; I feel fortunate to live here. The skies of Patagonia are extraordinary,” says Adaro, who is also currently working on, together with a colleague, a photography book about Lago Argentino and its surrounding natural areas.
As grand prize winner of the contest, Adaro will receive a trip for 3 days and 2 nights with Chile Nativo to go trekking in winter in Torres del Paine National Park. He will also receive 2 nights for 2 persons at Hotel Remota in nearby Puerto Natales, and a trip for 2 on the Navimag cruise ship, Puerto Montt - Puerto Natales or Puerto Natales - Puerto Montt. 
As first prize winner in the Travel & Culture category, Angel also has won a gift certificate of 150,000 Chilean pesos for use in the Patagonia stores of Chile. 
All of the winning photos in the contest will be printed for display at exhibitions in Santiago and other cities (stay tuned for more info). Here are the rest of the winning photos:
First place, Nature category: Horsehoe Paine. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. 
(Marcio Cabral)
First place, Environment category: Ice melting in the heart of Patagonia. Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina.
 (Joao Paulo Barbosa) 
First place, Outdoor Sports category: Pure adrenaline! Río Futaleufú, Argentina. 
(Claudio Abella)
Second Place, Nature Category: Flight of the condor. Torres del Paine National Park. 
(María Teresa Zegers
Second Place, Environment category: Fuelwood heating: A necessary evil in the south? Puerto Montt, Chile.
 (Manuel García)
Second Place, Travel & Culture category:  Asado on a rainy day. La Junta, Chile. 
(Jan De Roos)


2nd Place, Outdoor Sports category: Glacial SUP. Glaciar Serrano, Chile.
(Eduardo Minte


Honorable Mention: Trail of stars at the Rock of Huentellao. Pucatrihue, San Juan de la Costa, Chile.
(Ricardo Baessolo)
Honorable Mention: Dawn kayak amongst the sunken forest of Chepu. Isla Chiloé, Chile. 
(Andy Nelson)
 Honorable Mention: Enjoying the morning. Bahía Gregorio, Chile.
(Roberto Ulloa)
Reader's Prize: Serpentine. Baker River, Aysén, Chile.
(Roberto Burdiles)