I am very excited to be able to announce that my image "Xmas on the Merced" has been chosen as The Nature Conservancy's Grand Prize winning photo for 2016. Over 17,800 images were submitted to this year's contest. To have been recognized for such a top honor by an organization that I admire so very much is an absolute dream come true. To see all of the amazing images that placed in this year's contest and to read the full story behind my image, please visit www.nature.org. Thank-you TNC !!