101 Best Reader Photos Ever from Photo Contest Winners | Islands

101 Best Reader Photos Ever

Counting down from No. 101 (these curious monkeys on Bali) to No. 1 (who could it be?), these are the greatest winning photos of the ISLANDS Photo Contest. You'll see some surprises in this gallery, including the winner of our first-ever contest more than 20 years ago. Enter the ISLANDS Photo Contest 2013 now!

2010 HM honorable mention islands photo contest winner bali

ISLANDS Photo Contest 2010
Honorable Mention

**Bali by Marc Schneider **

Marc Schneider

2010 HM honorable mention islands photo contest winner bonaire

ISLANDS 2010 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**JOHN MUHILLY **Bonaire

John Muhilly

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ISLANDS Photo Contest 1991
First Prize

**Oahu by Donna Imrie-Foulger **

Donna Imrie-Foulger

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ISLANDS Photo Contest 2012
Honorable Mention

Jamaica by Jeremy Deddo

Jeremy Deddo

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ISLANDS Photo Contest 2012
Honorable Mention

Fiji by Tim Rahn

Tim Rahn

2010 HM Honorable Mention islands photo contest winner boracay

ISLANDS 2010 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

ELLYN NORRIS Boracay Island, Philippines

Ellyn Norris

Honorable Mention: St. Martin, taken by Marc Schneider from Oklahoma City, OK

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

MARC SCHNEIDER St. Martin

Marc Schneider

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ISLANDS 2010 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

JUSTIN BAER Key West, Florida

Honorable Mention: Bali

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

LOWELL GREENBERG Bali

Lowell Greenberg

Honorable Mention: Skogafoss Falls, Iceland, taken by Ronald O. Krieger from   Kirkwood, MO

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

RONALD O. KRIEGER Skogafoss Falls, Iceland

Ronald O. Krieger

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ISLANDS 2011 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**SCOTT HANFT **Kee Beach, Kauai

Scott Hanft

Honorable Mention: "The Ledge" off Taveuni, Fiji, taken by Jennifer Jensen   from Castle Rock, CO

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

JENNIFER JENSEN Taveuni, Fiji

Jennifer Jensen

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ISLANDS 2011 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

NICOLE ANDERSON Bali, Indonesia

Nicole Andersen

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ISLANDS 2012 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

SCOTT HOWARD Whyte Islet, Canada

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ISLANDS 2012 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

VICTOR CAROLI Palermo, Sicily

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ISLANDS 2010 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**PAUL HASSELL **Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

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ISLANDS 2012 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

DON GUREWITZ Bali, Indonesia

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ISLANDS 2012 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

JAMES TARANTINO Krabi islands, Thailand

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ISLANDS 2011 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**JOE ENENBACH **Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Joe Enenbach

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ISLANDS 2011 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**ERIN DE SANTIAGO **Taroko Gorge, Taiwan

Erin De Santiago

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ISLANDS 2011 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**BILL LEHMAN **Melekeok, Palau

Bill Lehman

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ISLANDS 2011 Photo Contest
Reader's Choice Winner

**JESSICA VELTRI **Kailua, Oahu

"There are a couple of mistakes in this image at Lanikai Beach. First, those are my footprints in the sand. I didn't do that on purpose. I'd gotten there before 6 a.m., when nobody was around to mess up the beach (being in the Army, I know how to get up early). When I saw my own footprints through the lens, I just decided to frame them. Also, in my excitement to get out the door and use my new camera, I forgot the clip for my tripod. So I had to hold it by hand. Somehow it all worked to my advantage in the end. The picture has a natural look, which makes it more special. Whenever I see it, I can feel the spirit of Hawaii, and my feet in the sand."

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Jessica Veltri

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ISLANDS 2010 Photo Contest
Grand Prize

**HUDSON HENRY **Zanzibar, Tanzania

Usually, one photo earns the top spot. But a stack of exceptional submissions from Hudson led us to showcase more of his portfolio.

Honorable Mention: Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland, taken by Dustin Lucas   Wekesser from Lewisville, TX

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

DUSTIN LUCAS WEKESSER Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

Dustin Lucas Wekesser

Honorable Mention: Borneo

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

ERNEST MANEWAL Borneo

Ernest Manewal

Honorable Mention: Papenoo Valley, Tahiti, taken by Lorie La Fon from Tioga,   TX

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

LORIE LA FON Papenoo Valley, Tahiti

Lorie La Fon

Honorable Mention: Maui, Hawaii

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

LARISA MANEWAL Maui, Hawaii

Larisa Manewal

Honorable Mention: Raiatea, taken by Joan Scala from New Hope, PA

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**JOAN SCALA **Raiatea

Joan Scala

Honorable Mention: Taormina, Siciliy, taken by Lisa Parsons from St.   Petersburg, FL

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

LISA PARSONS Taoemin, Siciliy

Lisa Parsons

Honorable Mention: Baranof Island, taken by Ernest Manewal from Sitka, AK

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

ERNEST MANEWAL Baranof Island

Ernest Manewal

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ISLANDS 2010 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**LESLIE CLEMENTS **Margarita Island, Venezuela

Honorable Mention: Andros, Bahamas

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

JEREMIAH WILSON Andros, Bahamas

Jeremiah Wilson

Honorable Mention: Puerto Rico

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

STEVEN MAY Puerto Rico

Steven May

Honorable Mention: Kauai, Hawaii

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

ELISABETH STONE Kauai, Hawaii

Elisabeth Stone

Honorable Mention: The Byodo-In Temple, Oahu, Hawaii, taken by Wendy Parr   from Milton, FL

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

WENDY PARR Oahu, Hawaii

Wendy Parr

Honorable Mention: Taormina, Siciliy, taken by Lisa Parsons from St.   Petersburg, FL

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

LISA PARSONS Taormina, Siciliy

Lisa Parsons

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ISLANDS Photo Contest 2012
Honorable Mention

Capri by Stuart Claggett

Stuart Claggett

Honorable Mention: Maho Bay, St. John, taken by William Czarnowski from   Endwell, NY

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**WILLIAM CZARNOWSKI **Maho Bay, St. John

William Czarnowski

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ISLANDS Photo Contest 2000
Grand Prize

**Kauai by Ben Welborn **

Ben Welborn

Honorable Mention: Penang

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**SYDNEY ROGERS **Penang

Sydney Rogers

Honorable Mention: Bell Island, Alaska

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

KELLY LARSON Bell Island, Alaska

Kelly Larsen

Honorable Mention: Rangiroa, taken by Penelope Van Osten from Glastonbury, CT

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

PENELOPE VAN OSTEN Rangiroa

Penelope Van Osten

Honorable Mention: Puerto Rico

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

DOUGLAS HODGKINS Puerto Rico

Douglas Hodgkins

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ISLANDS Photo Contest 2012
Honorable Mention

Tierra del Fuego by Ana Martin

Ana Martin

Honorable Mention: Maui, Hawaii

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

ROSS JANUSZYK Maui, Hawaii

Ross Januszyk

Honorable Mention: Havana, Cuba, taken by Isabelle Carbonell from Ann Arbor,   MI

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**ISABELLE CARBONELLE **Havana, Cuba

Isabelle Carbonell

Honorable Mention: Ireland

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

AMY CAMPBELL Ireland

Amy Campbell

Honorable Mention: Kauai, Hawaii, taken by Dustin Lucas Wekesser from   Lewisville, TX

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**DUSTIN LUCAS WEKESSER **Kauai, Hawaii

Dustin Lucas Wekesser

Honorable Mention: Dominican Republic, taken by Isabelle Carbonell from Ann   Arbor, MI

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

ISABELLE CARBONELLE Dominican Republic

Isabelle Carbonell

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ISLANDS 2011 Photo Contest
Reader's Choice Winner

**BRET WEBSTER **Fakarava, Tahiti

"This wonderfully aged pier seems to go on forever. It actually leads to the most distinctive feature of the Society Islands: an outer ring of reef. On this day, you could pretty much point your camera anywhere and shoot a postcard. But the contrast of this bleached pier with that placid blue water made me reach for my wide-angle lens. It helped enhance the pier's leading lines and created a three-dimensional quality I love. The effect mkes me feel like I'm stil standing right there."

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Bret Webster

Honorable Mention: Tupai Atoll off Bora-Bora, taken by Joan Scala from New   Hope, PA

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

JOAN SCALA Bora Bora

Joan Scala

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ISLANDS Photo Contest 1994
Grand Prize

**Maui by Robin Madgwick **

Robin Madgwick

Honorable Mention: Lantau Island, Hong Kong, taken by Stephanie Hill from   Spokane, WA

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

STEPHANIE HILL Lantau Island, Honk Kong

Stephanie Hill

Honorable Mention: Kauai, Hawaii, taken by Heywood Greenberg from Arlington,   VA

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

HEYWOOD GREENBERG Kauai, Hawaii

Heywood Greenberg

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ISLANDS Photo Contest 1990 - The very first one!
Grand Prize

**Big Island, Hawaii, by F. Stuart Westmorland **

F. Stuart Westmorland

Honorable Mention: Surfboards, Maui, Hawaii, taken by Amber Cook from   Redmond, WA

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

AMBER COOK Maui, Hawaii

Amber Cook

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ISLANDS Photo Contest 2012
Honorable Mention

Maui by Heywood Greenberg

Heywood Greenberg

Honorable Mention: Santorini, Greece

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

DONNA WEBER Santorini, Greece

Donna Weber

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ISLANDS Photo Contest 2012
Honorable Mention

Marquesas by Amanda Bonfiglio

Amanda Bonfiglio

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ISLANDS 2010 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**WILLIAM CZARNOWSKI **Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Honorable Mention: Near Flateyri, Iceland, taken by Ronald O. Krieger from   Kirkwood, MO

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

RONALD O. KRIEGER Flateyri, Iceland

Ronald O. Krieger

Honorable Mention: Maui, Hawaii

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**KATE MCREDMOND **Maui, Hawaii

Kate Mcredmond

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ISLANDS 2012 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

JORGE DE LA TORRIENTE Java, Indonesia

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ISLANDS Photo Contest 2012
Honorable Mention

Azores by Emily Sandor

Emily Sandor

2012 honorable mention islands photo contest winners palau

ISLANDS 2012 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**Palau by Kathryn L. Johnson **

Kathryn L. Johnson

Honorable Mention: Moutain Lake, South Island, New Zealand, taken by Jim   Magers from Sherwood, AR

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**JIM MAGER **Mountain Lake, South Island, New Zealand

Jim Magers

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ISLANDS 2010 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

**SCOTT SPORLEDER **El Nido, Philippines

Scott Sporleder

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ISLANDS Photo Contest 2012
Honorable Mention

**Fiji by Christopher Mullen **

Christopher Mullen

Honorable Mention: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

ISLANDS Photo Contest 2009
Honorable Mention

**Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, by Jace Rivers **

Jace Rivers

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ISLANDS Photo Contest 2012
Honorable Mention

Antigua by Jessica Lenchner

Jessica Lenchner

Honorable Mention: Kauai, Hawaii

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

HUDSON HENRY Kauai, Hawaii

Hudson Henry

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ISLANDS 2011 Photo Contest
Honorable Mention

CODY SPINADEL Oahu, Hawaii

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Cody Spinadel

2008 AM Artistic Merit islands photo contest winner aruba

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Artistic Merit

AMY CAMPBELL Aruba

Amy Campbell

2008 AM Artistic Merit islands photo contest winner San Juan, Puerto Rico

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Artistic Merit

CATHERINE FLYNN San Juan, Puerto Rico

Catherine Flynn

2011 AM artistic merit prize islands photo contest winner australia

ISLANDS 2011 Photo Contest
Artistic Merit

**DAVID WATERSUN **Great Barrier Reef, Australia

"Fisherman toss their extra bait at the end of each day, and these pelicans know the routine. Suddenly, they dove toward a small harbour nearby. About a hundred of these amazingly colorful birds were sitting in the water in perfect symmetry, waiting patiently for the bait buffet."

David Watersun

2010 AM artistic merit prize islands photo contest winner haiti

ISLANDS Photo Contest 2010
Artistic Merit

**Port-au-Prince Haiti by Hal Myers **

Hal Myers

2012 AM artistic merit islands photo contest winner

ISLANDS 2012 Photo Contest
Artistic Merit** **

AARON FEINBERG Kauai, Hawaii

“This ridgeline between Honopu and Kalalau valleys offers incredible views. The sun was getting ready to pop out below the clouds, and across the valley the fluted ridges were holding tremendous light. I put on my telephoto to isolate a section of cliffs and left a small amount of trees at the bottom for a sense of scale. We eventually hiked back down with the aid of our headlamps.” tech ⎢ Canon 1Ds3, 70-200 mm/2.8 lens, f/11, 1/6 second, ISO 100 prize ⎢ One-week workshop at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine.

Aaron Feinberg

2009 AM artistic merit islands photo contest winner Big Island, Hawaii

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Artistic Merit

HUDSON HENRY Big Island, Hawaii

Hudson Henry

2008 3rd prize islands photo contest winner alaska

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Third Place

ERNEST MANEWAL Kake, Alaska

Ernest Manewal

2009 3rd prize islands photo contest winner zanzibar

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Third Place

**ELIZABETH BAILEY **Zanzibar

Elizabeth Bailey

2010 3rd prize islands photo contest winner greece

ISLANDS 2010 Photo Contest
Third Place

**JANE MOTTERN **Santorini, Greece

Jane Mottern

2012 3rd prize islands photo contest winner

ISLANDS 2012 Photo Contest
THIRD PRIZE

YEN BAET Venice, Italy

“I wanted to show how this city can be peaceful while in motion. After the sun retired and the buzz faded to a murmur, I knew that by slowing things down to a mere 30 seconds, the gondolas’ frantic dances could be softened to a blur and the speedboats in the distance could disappear into trails of light. That’s when the magic of this city truly starts.” tech ⎢ Nikon D700, 24-70 mm lens, f/14, 30 seconds prize ⎢ Five nights at the Whaler on Kaanapali Beach on Maui from Aston Hotels & Resorts, plus a photo prize pack.

Yen Baet

2011 3rd prize islands photo contest winner kauai

ISLANDS 2011 Photo Contest
Third Place

**MICHAEL ALDRIDGE **North Shore, Kauai

"A morning earlier I saw a guy planting this field. That's what pulled my attention toward the glassy water and backdrop. I knew I'd have something special by shooting the field at just the right time."

Michael Aldridge

2011 2nd prize islands photo contest winner bahamas

ISLANDS 2011 Photo Contest
Second Place

**HEATHER MOORE **Harbour Island, Bahamas

"This man spent 20 minutes showing my son and me his church and sharing island history. We'd just met him on the street. A total stranger. He was so passionate, so proud and engaging that my 4-year old son couldn't stop listening. The man was happy to let me shoot a few frames."

Heather Moore

2008 2nd prize islands photo contest winner honolulu hawaii

ISLANDS Photo Contest 2008
Second Place

TATIANA RIVEST Honolulu, Hawaii

Tatiana Rivest

2010 2nd prize islands photo contest winner zanzibar

ISLANDS 2010 Photo Contest
Second Place

**LIBBY BAILEY **Zanzibar, Tanzania

"Just outside the building where Dr. Livingstone once lived, I came across this old Zanzabari babu (grandpa)."

Libby Bailey

2009 2nd prize islands photo contest winner puerto rico

ISLANDS 2009 Photo Contest
Second Place

GREG SULLIVAN Puerto Rico

Greg Sullivan

2012 2nd prize islands photo contest winner maldives

ISLANDS 2012 Photo Contest
Second Prize

MARK STANKUS Huraa, Maldives

“I was surfing with a guy who had spent a few years on Huraa in a fishing village. He asked me if I wanted to go meet some of the people. The island was full of vibrant colors and welcoming locals. ‘Mama’ was with us most of the day. Come nightfall, I felt as though I’d experienced the Maldives in a way very few others have, and Mama graciously gave me this look and a photo to remember her by.” tech ⎢ Sony DSC-H50, 35 mm lens, f/4, 1/160 second, ISO 100 prize ⎢ Five-night stay on Scrub Island, a private-island luxury retreat in the British Virgin Islands, plus a photo prize pack.

Mark Stankus

2009 1st prize islands photo contest winner jamaica

ISLANDS Photo Contest 2009
First Place

HAL MYERS Jamaica

Hal Myers

2010 1st prize islands photo contest winner philippines

ISLANDS 2010 Photo Contest
First Place

**SCOTT SPORLEDER **Luzon, Philippines

"I saw the details of this young couple wearing traditional attire in pink. The vibrant colors of the Pahiyas Festival shone through."

Scott Sporleder

2012 1st prize islands photo contest winner sicily

ISLANDS 2012 Photo Contest
First Prize

DON GUREWITZ Caltagirone, Sicily

“In Sicily, I spent about 10 days driving across the island, from the Mount Etna volcano in the east to the capital city of Palermo in the west. The town of Caltagirone is known for its spectacular ceramic work, especially these tiles on the steps of the Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte. This was a hard shot to get. The light wasn’t quite right, and the steps are usually filled with people. I did a lot of lying on the ground shooting the stairs to get this shot.” tech ⎢ Canon 1N, 28-200 mm lens prize ⎢ Seven-night Caribbean cruise for two with Star Clippers, plus a photo prize pack.

Don Gurewitz

2008 1st prize islands photo contest winner bali

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
First Place

DAVE GALLAGHER Ubud, Bali

Dave Gallagher

2011 1st prize islands photo contest hawaii

ISLANDS 2011 Photo Contest

First Place Winner

PHIL NELSON Kuamoo Bay, Hawaii

"My wife, Marilyn, and I were driving toward Kona on the Big Island when we saw the tops of waves and some mist off in another direction. So we took a side road to get as close as we could, and then walked on a footpath toward the coast. This is what we found."

Phil Nelson

1992 grand islands photo contest bora bora robert randall

ISLANDS Photo Contest 1992
Grand Prize

**Bora Bora by Robert Randall **

Robert Randall

2006 grand islands photo contest madagascar douglas nason

ISLANDS Photo Contest 2006
Grand Prize

**Madagascar by Douglas Nason **

Douglas Nason

2007 grand islands photo contest puerto rico wilson tsoi

ISLANDS Photo Contest 2007
Grand Prize

**Puerto Rico by Wilson Tsoi **

Wilson Tsoi

2008 Grand Prize: Bora-Bora, taken by Joan Scala from New Hope, PA

ISLANDS 2008 Photo Contest
Grand Prize

JOAN SCALA Bora Bora

Joan Scala

2009 grand prize photo contest winner palawan

ISLANDS Photo Contest 2009
Grand Prize

Palawan by Jace Rivers

"I almost threw in the towel this particular evening since it had been raining. I was walking on El Nido Bay, and the sun came out at this moment."

Jace Rivers

2011 grand prize photo contest winner mozambique

ISLANDS 2011 Photo Contest
Grand Prize Winner

**MARKO DIMITRIJEVIC**** **Inhambame Bay, Mozambique

"These fisherman are pulling their dhow to shore to bring it home. The scene reminded me of those early 20th-century images of Africa. So I went for a backlit composition to silhouette the people. I enjoy taking photographs, but I'm no pro. When I see this image, I just see a wonderful souvenir."

Marko Dimitrijevic

2012 grand prize islands photo contest winners indonesia

ISLANDS 2012 Photo Contest
Grand Prize Winner

JESSE ESTES Java, Indonesia

“My first trip to Mount Bromo, I took a Jeep up to this viewpoint. But the light wasn’t great, so I vowed to come back. Two years later, that wasn’t as easy. The volcano is active, and an eruption had closed the road. I started hiking at 2:30 a.m. to capture this sunrise. I love how the light hits the crater and how fog covers the valley, enhancing the prehistoric feel of it.” tech ⎢ Canon 5D Mark II, 24-70 mm lens, f/16 prize ⎢ Seven-night Tahitian cruise for two with Paul Gauguin and airfare, plus a photo prize pack from Tamrac and Lexar.

Jesse Estes

2010 grand photo contest winners zanzibar

ISLANDS 2010 Photo Contest
Grand Prize

**HUDSON HENRY **Zanzibar, Tanzania

"I threw my wide-angle lens on my Nikon D700, jumped from the boat and shot before anyone tracked up the beach. It's a photo I can look at during a hectic, gray city day and be transported back to Zanzibar in my mind."

Hudson Henry

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