Geography senior Cole Thrift took second place in the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association’s Annual Collegiate Undergraduate Photo Competition, sponsored by Dominion Energy and Cooperative Living Magazine. His photo, taken just below Cascade Falls in Giles County, depicts Little Stony Creek as it thaws out after a long cold spell in January 2018. Water breaks through ice to create a stunning mid-winter landscape.

Thrift’s interest in photography was peaked after participating in a cinematography project in high school. He began exploring it as a serious hobby when he came to Virginia Tech; he has since purchased his own camera and taken two photography classes. Thrift earned honorable mention in last year’s photo competition.