#Adventure Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to David Morring for his jaw-dropping discovery from Alabama! The radiant shot of a caver rappeling into Stephen’s Gap is the Grand Prize Winner of the #Adventure Photo Contest. David takes home an epic prize of $3,000 for travel and $3,000 of Eddie Bauer gear. Congrats, David!

Person rappelling into cave in a shaft of light.

David Morring’s #Adventure discovery from Alabama.

Growing up in northern Alabama, David’s thorough exploration of his small town’s nooks and crannies planted the seeds of his passion for travel. He’s wandering a bit further from home now, managing to tick off 12 countries in the last 12 months. We asked David to tell us a bit more about his winning photo and the adventure in his own backyard: “Most people don’t know that northern Alabama is a Mecca for caving. There are more than 3,000 caves within a hundred-mile radius of my hometown of Cullman. Stephen’s Gap is a 143-foot pit in Jackson County, Alabama. I’d joined several of my childhood friends to go “bounce” (rappel and ascend) the pit. I rapped to the bottom with my photo gear. Around 10 a.m. the sunlight cascaded through the entrance and illuminated the pedestal at the bottom. One of the cavers, Sharon Clayton, clipped into the rope, and I began shooting as she descended into the shaft of light. It was truly an other-worldly moment where everything aligned for the perfect shot. I’m just thankful I was there to capture it.” So are we, David!

Adventure Photographer and Trover Ambassador Jeff Bartlett loved David’s stunning scene. The competition was close and three runners-up will take home $250 for travel & Eddie Bauer gear for their next adventure. Congratulations to Liana Manukyan, Darrel Comeau, and Keith Sutter for their fantastic finds.

Clockwise from left: Liana Manukyan’s Swizterland discovery, Darrel Comeau’s Canada discovery, and Keith Sutter’s Italy discovery.

Thank you to the Trover community for sharing your awe-inspiring #Adventure discoveries and to Jeff Bartlett for making the touch decisions. Explore the full list of #Adventure photos and travel tips. Be sure to follow David, Liana, Darrel & Keith to see what they discover on future adventures. Trove on!