Phoenix Photographer's iPhone Photo Part of Apple Ad Campaign

A Phoenix photographer's shot of the Sonoran Desert is part of a new Apple ad campaign promoting the camera on the iPhone 6.

As the Arizona Republic reported, Andrew Pielage made the photo near Scottsdale's Taliesin West in the McDowell Mountains. It shows teddy bear chollas and saguaros at sunset.

Pielage's photo is one of 77 being used in Apple's campaign. He told the newspaper the image will be reproduced on billboards in Seoul, Sydney, Delhi, Montreal, Dubai and New York City.

To see more of Pielage's work, visit his website.

Photo: Sonoran Desert | Andrew Pielage

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Images Chosen for Phoenix Kids in Focus Exhibit

Earlier this month, we told you about Kids in Focus, a nonprofit organization founded by Arizona Highways contributor Karen Shell. The group pairs at-risk youths from the Phoenix area with professional photographers who mentor them in the craft.

Now, the images have been chosen for the 2015 Kids in Focus exhibition at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix. Here's a sample of those images. You can see the entire exhibition at the library, 1221 N. Central Avenue, from March 6 through April 19. On March 6, you can attend a free opening reception where each of the youths will receive a hardbound book of the project.

In addition to Shell, the other 11 professional photographers serving as mentors on the project are Patrick Breen, Jason Grubb, Art Holeman, Christine Johnson, Claudia Johnstone, David Moore, Michael Norton, Keith Pitts, Geoff Reed, Jill Richards and Dennis Scully.

For more information, visit

Photograph by Tatyana

Photograph by Vanessa

Photograph by Donald

Photograph by Carlos

Photograph by Laneya

Photograph by Briseyda

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Photograph Lake Powell in a Houseboat With Gary Ladd

Nobody knows Lake Powell like Gary Ladd. The longtime Arizona Highways contributor has been making photographs of the lake and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area for decades. In our January issue, Ladd's photos accompanied The Great Beyond, his essay about the other attractions in the Page area.

Now, you can register to join Ladd on a houseboat trip around Lake Powell to photograph some of his favorite spots. The three workshops in 2015 are March 14-20, October 20-26 and October 30-November 8. The cost of the trips varies but includes food and accommodations.

From the workshops' description:

Here’s your opportunity to tag along with this landscape’s premier photographer as he visits all his favorite locations at the best time of day for beautiful pictures. Gary has been exploring the lake, its canyons, and the surrounding landscape since 1975 and has been leading photography houseboat trips for Arizona Highways and other groups for over 20 years - so you know he knows where to go and what to shoot. If you have ever thought about exploring this amazing lake that has been so little appreciated for what it offers photographers, this may be just the trip you’ve been waiting for.

List of Possible Destinations: (Depending on the exact lake level and weather conditions) Padre Bay, Forest Alcove, Confluence Canyon, Cottonwood Canyon, Cookie Jar & Weathering Pit Ridge, Pool Canyon, Rock Creek Canyon, Gunsight Butte and Canyon, Dominguez Butte, Cathedral in the Desert, Last Chance Canyon, Escalante Canyon.

For more information, visit

Photo: Saija Lehtonen | Lake Powell

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Friday Fotos Fill-In: Check Out Our Photo Contest Finalists

There's no Friday Fotos gallery this week because our Friday Fotos editor is on vacation. Instead, why not take a minute to peruse some other gorgeous submissions: the finalists in our 2014-15 Photography Contest?

The 30 incredible images, which Arizona Highways staff chose from thousands of submissions, include this one by Peter Coskun, featuring the still water of Prescott's Watson Lake at sunset.

Winners will be announced online later this year, as well as in the September issue of Arizona Highways.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

(Photo: Peter Coskun | Watson Lake)

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