Tri-City photographer Scott Butner's eye-catching photo of the midnight sky at Palouse Falls made the top 75 best photos out of 32,000 entries in the Weather Channel's It's Amazing Out There photo contest.
"I was kinda bummed but the judges had to pick someone, it just wasn't me," Butner quipped.
Butner, from Richland, said he went to Palouse Falls earlier this summer at around midnight and set up his shot at the top of the cliffs that overlook the historic falls.
"I was looking for a good star photo that night, and at this time of year the Milky Way doesn't rise above the horizon until after 11 p.m.," Butner said. "It took about 10 minutes to shoot the composite of shots I wanted, which was lots of detail in the sky. And it was pure luck those campers had built that bonfire that gave such great illumination."
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The public can view the photos entered into the contest at http://www.weather.com/photos/contest.