In December, the Edge Effectseditorial board sent out a call for our first-ever photo contest: “Working at the Edge.” Keeping with the ideas behind our magazine’s name, we asked readers to submit photographs that capture interactions between people and the environment and which represent boundaries crossed, lines of inquiry challenged, or barriers broken.
We are thrilled with the submissions. Below you’ll find the winners of the contest, as well as a gallery of some of our favorite entries. Thanks to everyone who shared your artwork with us, and congratulations to Jonas Stuck, Kasia Keeley, and Steve Rowell!
First Place: Jonas Stuck
Jonas Stuck, “The Lookout,” Isle of Skye, Scotland, 2017. A former coastguard watch station sits atop the cliffs. Once manned around the clock, radio communication meant that the building was no longer required. It is now used for whale watching and functions as a simple shelter for hikers.
Second Place: Kasia Keeley
Kasia Keeley, Hanford, WA 2016. Hanford, a 586-square-mile site in southeastern Washington, has been under government control since plutonium production began there during WWII. The boundaries around the site are simultaneously finite and arbitrary; civilian access is limited and visibility skewed by distance while nucleated materials and wildlife eschew blockades.
Third Place: Steve Rowell
Steve Rowell, Mississippi River Headwaters, production still from the film Midstream at Twilight, 2016. The Flint Hills Resources MINNCAN oil pipeline cuts across the Mississippi River headwaters in northern Minnesota between the White Earth and Leech Lake Indian Reservations, connecting the Athabasca Tar Sands and the Twin Cities.
Featured image: Jonas Stuck, “The Lookout,” Isle of Skye, Scotland, 2017.