Ends of the Earth: Viewbug Image of the Year submission

Papa Print 1

So for my first post I want to share a story about a photo that is very near and dear to my heart.  But I’m going to start this off by saying apparently my photo is in the running for Image of the Year!  This is a shock and welcome surprise!  I would really appreciate it if you voted for me!  I care less about winning the camera prize so much as I do about sharing this photo and the story behind it with everyone.

For those who want to know…

When I took this photo I was coming to the end of my time at BYU–Hawaii.  I had graduated from school and I was working there while my wife Christinawas finishing up her degree.  It being November/December time I was also thinking about Christmas gifts for people.  On his first trip to Hawaii, my father fell in love with the Hawaii Islands.  His subsequent trips to visit my sister and I just made it worse because we were his only viable reason to go.  My family resides in the Washington, D.C. area, so trips to Hawaii are not the norm.

Knowing it would be a while before I would make my way back to the Hawaii Islands, I set out to create a photo collection for my father to print and give to him for Christmas. Meanwhile, Christina’s family was in town and we were traveling all over the island.  Nathan discovered the holy grail that is Seven Brothers Burgers in Laie, Hawaii, Mom enjoyed EVERY MINUTE on the beach, and Mallory, Nghia, and Christina swam in the ocean with a go pro and photoshopped turtles in later.  That coupled with waking up BEFORE sunrise to make it to the beach in time left me exhausted, but I loved it.

For once, I didn’t care if my skills were good enough. My only concern was making something that I knew my father would enjoy.  I ended up printing 3 images and he has since hung the only print of this image in his office.  This photo always stuck out to me because of the story behind it and how it captures what Hawaii means to my father, my family, and myself. When I was applying to college, my parents always said, “There’s a whole world out there. Go see it.”

Well… I did.

I’ve been to the edge of the earth and back and this photo is a way of sharing that experience with everyone.


I hope that made sense and I would really appreciate it if you voted for me. I’ll be honest. I don’t expect to win, but the fact that I’m even in the competition means so much to me. I didn’t even enter the completion. ViewBug picked this image and entered for me.


If you liked what you read, want more content like this, or have a question, let me know in the comments section!


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