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2018 Alaska Photo Contest Winners Alaska Magazine

FOR ALASKANS, the beauty surrounding us every day never gets old. Whether we’re hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, boating, flying, working, or merely mowing the lawn, we often stop to exclaim “I can’t believe I get to live here!” So we can only imagine how exciting it is for people who visit our great state and take home memories and photos of gigantic mountains, temperate rainforests, flowing glaciers, pristine tundra, far-flung islands, and roads less-traveled.

Every year via our photo contest, you allow us a peek into how you see Alaska, and whether you live here or visit, you add to the collective love of wild places and unique ways of life—two things Alaska still has in abundance. Getting to share that with our readers is exciting for us. Choosing the winning images is never easy, and there are always far more than we have room for in print. Thank you to those who entered the contest this year, and we hope everyone reading this issue considers participating next year.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

ED BOUDREAU • Eagle River, AK

Professional photographer Ed Boudreau tried numerous times over four months to get this shot of the moon setting over the Alaska Range and Denali, driving 120 miles one way several times only to arrive at the Parks Highway pullout a few minutes late or to clouds rolling in. But perseverance paid o. This stitched photo (created in the editing process using multiple overlapping images) captures the sweeping landscape as the sun rose to help light the mountains.

CATEGORY: ALASKA LIFE

1st place

DANNY UNGRUE • Kenai, AK

What better place to take a Christmas eve selfie than at the Alpine Oilfield on Alaska’s North Slope? Says the photographer, “Prior to commencing night shift, I noticed my day shift brethren had decorated one of our scaffold trucks with Christmas lights. It turned out to be a great photo opportunity for a selfie as the northern lights put on a show shortly after midnight.”

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2nd place

KELLY CHAMPAGNE • Kodiak, AK

After hiking all day on Kodiak’s Pyramid Mountain, sometimes on vertical inclines of 60 degrees, and trudging through knee-deep powder as they neared the summit, the photographer and her husband found a little overlook protected by trees; they built a campfire and sat down to a mountaintop lunch with amazing views.

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3rd place

BONNIE MAE DODDS • Sitka, AK

The photographer’s son, who says he one day wants to be a boat captain, holds a slippery humpy salmon o the coast of Kruzof Island west of Sitka.

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Honorable Mention

KYLE AGUIAR • Kokhanok, AK

On a helicopter ride to Knik Glacier, the photographer’s wife ponders the depth of glacial pools.

CATEGORY: SCENIC

ist place

ANTHONY LOWERY • Arlington, TX

The midnight sun sets over the volcano-lined Cook Inlet at the Deep Creek State Recreation Area in Ninilchik.

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2nd place

DAVID SOUERWINE • Milton, GA

Says the photographer, “I was with a small group taking a hike from the visitor’s center onto the Matanuska Glacier. As we returned, I was struck by the flowers, moraine, water, glacier, forest, mountains, clouds, and blue sky all in one image. This shot encompasses the incredible beauty that is everywhere in Alaska.”

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3rd place

TERESA HOUZE • LaGrange, GA

The historic Kennecott Mill complex at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the country’s largest national park. Houze says, “The town and surrounding area have such a great ‘Alaskan feel’ and are less touristy than many places we’ve visited in Alaska. After seven visits to Alaska, we feel like we’ve only scratched the surface of this beautiful state…Through Alaska magazine’s photos and stories, we feel like we are visiting daily."

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honorable mention

WENDY JOHNSON • Glennallen, AK

The aurora dances over a snowy landscape near Tolsona in southcentral Alaska.

CATEGORY: WILDLIFE

1st place

RUSSELL CAMPBELL • Homer, AK

An eagle rests on the Homer Spit as a fishing vessel sails by.

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2nd place

PAOLO TORRE • Lucca, Italy

After a long dive in the Brooks River, this grizzly shows o its prey—a salmon on its way to the spawning grounds.

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3rd place

URSULA DUBRICK • Melbourne, FL

At Geographic Harbor in Katmai National Park, this wolf approached the photographer and her group to within 20 feet, where it began to hunt for salmon in the creek.

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honorable mention

DIDIER SOURBES • Littleton, CO

Canoeing upstream on the Moose River in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the photographer spotted this great gray owl. Says Sourbes, “I stopped, steadied my canoe as well as I could against the current, grabbed my camera, and hoped I would remain still and steady enough to get the shot. It worked!”

CATEGORY: ADVENTURE

JENNIFER SMITH • Kodiak, AK

After the moose hunting season, the photographer and her family spend time hiking and gathering berries near Dillingham.

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2nd place

JAKE GONYEA • Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), AK

A group of friends waits for a new set of waves o Bear Glacier in Seward.

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3rd place

JENNIFER SMITH • Kodiak, AK

For Jennifer Smith, photographing Iditarod dogs and mushers at night in the cold outside Nome became an obsession during the 2018 race.

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honorable mention

BRYCE ANDERSON • Juneau, AK

A hiker revels in the beauty of Sawmill Creek Falls in Berners Bay north of Juneau.

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