Winner: Water & Soil, Above & Below by Billy Beaton
“The relationship between soil and water goes back billions of years.”
I'm Billy Beaton, a senior Wildlife Biology major at the University of North Dakota. I first became a soil enthusiast when I worked for a soil lab at UND. As soon as I had to pluck microscopic nematodes out of tiny dishes with nothing but an eyelash on a stick, I learned how amazing the soil world is. Last summer, I worked for soil researchers at Colorado State University and began using film to capture the beauty & complexity of soil organisms. I hope to keep using digital film to tell the stories of the critters beneath our feet. Inspiring others to communicate things they're passionate about will keep me going -- no matter how dirty the work may become.