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2017 Alaska Photo Contest Winners Editorial staff picks

Grand Prize Winner

Brandon Cole, Anchorage, AK

A man takes a dip into Judd Lake on a hot summer day, surrounded by salmon, and under the watchful eye of his dog.

CATEGORY: ALASKA LIFE

1st Place

Marie Destefanis, West Linn, OR

Destefanis captured this woodsman in Iliamna as he built a sauna.

2nd Place

Carey Carmichael Case, Petersburg, AK

A pint-sized Viking poses at Petersburg’s annual Little Norway Festival, which celebrates the town’s Norwegian heritage and traditions.

3rd Place

Dave Baldwin, Chugiak, AK

A pilot sips coffee inside his Kitfox en route to Knik Glacier near Palmer.

4th Place

Lysa Lacson, Kokhanok, AK

Salmon caught in a gill net in Kokhanok.

CATEGORY: SCENIC

1st Place

Jeff Campbell, Palmer, AK

A beautiful hike in Girdwood yielded this image of Virgin Creek Falls.

2nd Place

Ben Taylor, Anchorage, AK

The aurora borealis zips across the sky above Portage Lake.

3rd Place

Carey Carmichael Case, Petersburg, AK

This photo was taken during a floatplane flight over the granite peaks of the Stikine Ice Cap near Petersburg.

4th Place

Carey Carmichael Case, Petersburg, AK

Icebergs move with the tide during a stormy June walk in LeConte Bay.

CATEGORY: WILDLIFE

1st Place

Kevin McCarthy, East Falmouth, MA

An arctic fox in its blue morph phase stares at the lens in St. Paul, Pribilof Islands.

2nd Place

Gary Minish, Valdez, AK

In Valdez, a sea lion appears to swallow a pink salmon in a single gulp

3rd Place

Kerry Howard, Juneau, AK

A playful mountain goat and trickster raven play chase at Mendenhall Glacier.

4th Place

Takashi Nakashima, Anchorage, AK

A pair of horned puffins exhibits courtship behavior on St. Paul Island.

CATEGORY: ADVENTURE

1st Place

Lan Ling, Trabuco Canyon, CA

A climber reaches the steepest and most scenic part of Denali.

2nd Place

Cam O’Neill, Sitka, AK

A hiker on Douglas Island stops to admire a tree and have a snack on his way to the Dan Moller cabin.

3rd Place

Kayleen Preston, Anchorage, AK

Three boys explore the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla.

4th Place

Jennifer Fogle Smith, Kodiak, AK

The excited barks of a sled dog team create a mystical fog on a cold Alaska morning at Winter Lake Lodge.

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