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Our fourth annual photo contest

This year’s competition brought in a record-breaking 220 entries from across the United States and as far away as England and Italy. We saw more photos with people and animals grabbing our judges’ votes, and of course there are many beauty shots – including watery landscapes and stately lighthouses – that highlight the stunning nature of Martha’s Vineyard.

Here are the top three winners and seven honorable mentions – and the magazine’s cover photo is an entry from Katie Hutchison of Salem. Our top ten features the work of nine photographers, as our first-place winner, Nicole Carman, also captured an honorable mention. Two photographers have received past nods: Gary Riedel came in third last year, and Ethan Stead came in first in 2010.

Thanks to everyone who shared their photographs of Martha’s Vineyard (see all of them below, along with comments that accompanied the entries), and keep your cameras at the ready for this year’s contest.

Enter our next photo contest.

the judges

Our panel of ten judges includes magazine photographers Elizabeth Cecil and Wayne Smith; Donald McKillop of Dragonfly Fine Arts Gallery in Oak Bluffs; Kate Feiffer, a former photo editor and now children’s book author and contributing writer for the magazine; Ivy Ashe, a photographer and writer for the Vineyard Gazette; Jane McTeigue, graphic designer for the Vineyard Gazette; Jane Seagrave, publisher of the magazine and Vineyard Gazette; and magazine staffers Morgan Taylor Lucero, Nicki Miller, and Alley Moore. Our judges offer some comments on their favorites, along with notes from the photographers.

Nicole Carman, Brighton, Sussex UK

Photo statement provided with the entry:
'I was taking a walk along the beach at Aquinnah cliffs when I took this capture. It had been raining, the sea was choppy and it was really foggy. My little boy Finn was running and jumping off rocks and the beach was really quiet for an August afternoon. I managed to capture this image of him in mid-jump looking very pleased with himself!

I used my Nikon D80 and 18-70 lens, on Continuous mode. I converted to black and white in post- production as I really liked the result of his silhouette set against the foaming waves. www.nicolecarman.com


FIRST PLACE


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(Originally published in the May-June 2012 edition of Martha's Vineyard Magazine)

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