We thought this contest prompt would spur a lot of great photos, and thankfully we were correct. 10 full pages of fantastic tree photos filled the forum thread, and while we had extra prizes this time around — four Chromecasts — they weren't enough to fit in all of the great shots. We narrowed it down to the four winners eventually, though — check them out.
Winner of a Chromecast, milkycoins!
The extreme density of trees almost makes you miss the subtleties of the photo, but when you look around you see tons of great detail. All of the light trees falling in front of a blue and green backdrop make for a great scene. Taken with a Galaxy S6.
Winner of a Chromecast, itslikeimsayin!
We're so glad this was taken as a black and white photo, because it really sets off the details of the tree. You can see every little ridge, every knot and just the outlines of the foliage behind it. Absolutely wonderful shot, taken with a Nexus 4 and edited in the Photos app.
Winner of a Chromecast, gskiner!
Another shot that's more about the forest and less so about a single tree. The strong light coming from behind the trees gives you a feel for all of the grit, dirt and greenery around, showing you this is a real forest scene. Taken with an HTC One M9.
Winner of a Chromecast, burger30!
And finally, the most colorful and vibrant entry of the bunch. These wonderful Fall colors stand out amazingly in front of an otherwise uneventful light blue sky. A wonderful representation of the beauty trees can offer. Taken with a Nexus 6.
If you've won this contest, keep an eye on your email inbox for information on how we'll get the prize out to you. It may take some time to get to everyone, so please be patient while you wait to be contacted.
Thanks again to everyone else who entered, and keep your eyes peeled for the next photo contest. We want the chance to give away more great prizes to everyone, so keep taking pictures and entering them!