Posted by
Albert (Sweden, living in Mechelen, Belgium) on 22 September 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Sunrise and view over the east summit, Mawenzi (5100m), of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The photo is taken from about 5700m, on the way up to the west summit and Uhuru peak (5895m). After many hours of walking in moonlight, the sun was welcome.

Panasonic DMC-LX3 1/60 second F/3.5 ISO 80 6 mm

Florence from Paris, France

Wow. Welcome back Albert ! I'm already impatient to see your shots. This one is really a good start. An overwhelming point of view with this intense glowing sunrise. And you were veru brave to climb up there ! :-)

22 Sep 2011 10:12am

@Florence: Thanks Florence. Your comment is a good start for me too :)

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

An awesome landscape image.

22 Sep 2011 10:42am

David from St. Anton, Austria

Thats an outstanding pic ! Great landscape and excellent sunrise above the clouds ! Perfect !

22 Sep 2011 11:10am

DigitalBlind from United States

Incredible. You must be quite a hiker as well to summit the tallest peak in Africa. How long did it take to climb?

22 Sep 2011 11:38am

@DigitalBlind: Thanks John! Well, I love hiking. :) The hike before summit day was 5 days for acclimatization (this was relaxed hiking with a lot of rest - I was lucky and didn't get any altitude sickness), then on summit day it took 8 hours (starting at 11pm) from the base camp to peak, and 4 hours back down to the camp, with only short drinking breaks. Then one more day to leave the national park. All the way just walking, nothing technical.

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

FANTASTIC ! Stunning processing ;)

22 Sep 2011 12:06pm

Adrian from Wakefield, United Kingdom

spectacular vista, stunning capture. Envy you been there. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the work you made on this trip.

22 Sep 2011 12:34pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautifully framed and composed shot Albert! Breathtaking beauty! ;-)

22 Sep 2011 1:32pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

My gosh! This is like an island in a sea of clouds and show. Fantastic! 5 stars.

22 Sep 2011 1:35pm

barbod from rasht, Iran

very nice

22 Sep 2011 2:14pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Wow! another sublime photo! Great landscape !

22 Sep 2011 4:33pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful view that you've captured here above the "sea of clouds!" Love the warm color that contrasts well with the mountain snow. Glad to have you back from break and posting once again. I look forward to those photos you speak of.

22 Sep 2011 5:30pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Gosh Albert you really are well travelled!
This is a stunning scene, very nicely done.

22 Sep 2011 5:44pm

Frida from Sweden

Such a reward for all that hard climbing to get up there.

22 Sep 2011 9:33pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

exquisite. mountain climbers always try to reach the summit right before sunrise

22 Sep 2011 9:53pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fantastic light and excellent composition for this landscape shot!

23 Sep 2011 1:44am

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

A breathtaking capture of this beautiful sunrise and mountains.

23 Sep 2011 3:04am

Céline from New York City, United States

Very nice shot !

23 Sep 2011 4:06am

Victoria from Sweden

Wow, otroligt fin bild!

23 Sep 2011 5:23pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, this is really beautiful..congrats!

24 Sep 2011 3:24am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Congratulations for the spotlight

24 Sep 2011 5:14am

@Calusarus: Thanks Calusarus! What a surprise, I didn't know.

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

So glad to see this awesome image rewarded by Spotlight ! Congrats, Albert !

24 Sep 2011 9:04am

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

pretty amazing high scene
must be great to be there

25 Sep 2011 4:22am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Awesome shot ! Congrats !

25 Sep 2011 8:33am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Was für atemberaubender Blick! Sensationell. Herzlichsten Glückwunsch zum Spotlight ;D

25 Sep 2011 10:26am

Jani from Sweden

one word: wow!!

25 Sep 2011 10:29am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia


25 Sep 2011 10:33am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

it is so fascinating to welcome the sun in this height! definitely a moment to memories for the rest of your life! breathtaking landscape and capture!

25 Sep 2011 11:11am

Tom from Stekene, Belgium

wow, what a wonderfull shot. No explaining that this has to be a wonderfull moment.

25 Sep 2011 1:13pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique lumière.

25 Sep 2011 4:27pm

Landy from Miami, United States

majestuosa imagen un saludo

25 Sep 2011 5:30pm

Priscilla from Amsterdam, Netherlands


25 Sep 2011 8:05pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

such a gorgeous expanse. breath taking!

25 Sep 2011 9:25pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Great landscape

26 Sep 2011 5:42am



26 Sep 2011 8:35am

PD from Kansas, United States

Fantastic -- other-wordly

27 Sep 2011 2:21am

Karine from Loiret, France

Congratulations for your "spotlight". Your shot is fantastic !

28 Sep 2011 8:34am

Yonatan from New York, United States

Majestic image. I love the contours and colors.

28 Sep 2011 7:03pm

Doug from Long Beach, United States

Spectacular. And clearly this shot required a devotion to photography just to get there to see this. (Must have been chilly up there.)

29 Sep 2011 6:16am

Grandoude from Saint Quentin en Yvelines, France

Joli couché de soleil sur ces monts enneigés!
La montée fut pas trop dur?

30 Sep 2011 12:33pm

Mj007 from Osaka, Japan

omg superb shot!! ;D

2 Oct 2011 6:34am

Roxana from Panama City, Panama

Surreal landscape, excellent

3 Oct 2011 11:40pm

San G. from Encino, California, United States

Amazing shot. Beautiful composition and timing. A great effort to frame this one, huh? At first I imagined it to be foaming ocean in the background and sand in the foreground ... Then I saw snow, and clouds ... it made me rethink the whole thing and then (finally) make sense of it. The true story is worth the beautiful image.

4 Oct 2011 1:32am

Deisu from Valencia, Spain

Magnífica puesta de Sol, muy buen trabajo ;)

5 Oct 2011 1:15pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

so that's what the top of the world looks like then!

Pretty special if you ask me!

8 Oct 2011 8:35pm

Cécé from Strasbourg, France

.....c'est juste Magnifique!!

9 Oct 2011 4:18pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

what a delight to see the Kilimanjaro and especially in those colors that I did not when I fly in a balloon. Superb!

5 Nov 2011 6:25am

Panasonic DMC-LX3
1/60 second
ISO 80
6 mm