The above shot by Eagle River, Alaska, photographer Ed Boudreau of the moon setting over Denali and the Alaska Range won the 2018 Alaska magazine photo contest grand prize.
The Alaska magazine 2020 photo contest is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted images! Winners will be announced in our February 2021 issue and online. 2019 Contest Winners
Please enjoy these photos that won our 2019 photo contest.
“Hiking up a windswept hill near Nome, we were rewarded with a group of muskox waiting out a storm.” This photo by Jennifer Fogle Smith of Kodiak, Alaska, won the grand prize in Alaska magazine’s 2019 photo contest. Adventure Photos
“In October and November, it is cold, it is brown, it is dead, it is dull, and we wait. We wait for the cold to overcome this tail end of fall when the leaves have blown away and the branches scrape the overcast sky. We wait for snow and ice, and hope that the ice comes first, because we know, the snow will eventually cover it all.” Taken at Rabbit Slough by Wendy Gorski. 1st place Adventure category “Diving near Valdez in a soup of Moon Jellyfish that migrate to Alaska during the summer months. We had managed to get under the main bloom to see how far it stretched. While under it, the shape of the bloom changed like a rolling wave of water crashing on a beach. Was amazing to witness!”
This photo by Boone Hodgin won second place in the 2019 Adventure category. “I was on the beach at low tide hoping to photograph some bald eagles. The eagles were nowhere to be found but then two women came riding up the beach on their horses. It was a beautiful scene with the horses and riders framed against Mount Iliamna.” This photo by Dawn Wilson won third place in the Adventure category. This photo of the Finger Lake Checkpoint taken during the 2019 Iditarod by Taylor Hutchins of Mariposa, CA, was an honorable mention in the Adventure category. Photos depicting an active pursuit in Alaska: ziplining, exploring ice caves, heli-skiing, hiking, biking, bird watching, flight seeing, rafting, running, sport fishing, etc. Alaska Life
“I had just sat down at the kitchen table to work on my laptop when I felt a large shadow over my shoulder. A gigantic moose had walked up to the kitchen window and was peeking inside. Startled, I quickly made my way to the other side of the room and was able to capture this curious girl alongside her likeness on the wall. The cat is typically scared of moose, running and hiding under the bed when they come around. For some reason she felt safe this time, and stared right back.” This photo by Anne Marie Moran, taken in her Anchorage home, won first place in the Alaska Life category.
“Because of the almost non-existent nighttime in the summer, we in Alaska often use more of our fireworks on New Year’s than on the Fourth of July. Pictured here is the show put on at the Santa Claus House (complete with a statue of Saint Nick himself).” This photo by Cade Smith won second place in the 2019 Alaska Life category. “First timers strolling out of the Kasilof River under the midnight sun.” This photo by Nahanni Cavins of Anchorage won third place in the 2019 Alaska Life category. “I woke up one night to the sound of an alert on my phone. I picked it up. It was a notification from my aurora app telling me that the northern lights were out. I peeked out the window and couldn\\\’t believe what I saw. Bright green swirls were dancing in the night sky above, brighter than I had ever seen the aurora before. I quickly grabbed my camera and sped down to the lake on my four wheeler. The lights were straight overhead, whirling around in a bright green ribbon that stretched over the calm waters of Lake Clark.” This photo by Evan Wardell of Upland, IN, received honorable mention in the 2019 Alaska Life category. Photos representing Alaskans and/or their way of life, traditions, culture, or authentic “only in Alaska” moments. Scenic
“Inside Colony Glacier.” This photo by Taylor Hutchins of Mariposa, CA, won first place in the 2019 scenic category.
“My husband and I bought property on Sister Lake about two years ago. We’ve been planning on building a cabin up there, but for now it’s a place for cabin dreaming under the clouds.” This photo by Susan Ess of Palmer, AK, won second place in the 2019 scenic category. “Slaughter Gulch Trail classically defines the notion of work for reward. It takes you up the Kenai Mountains to a perch with outstanding views of Cooper Landing, Kenai Lake, and the first flows of the majestic Kenai River. This area represents the Peninsula’s crown jewel and, thankfully, went untouched by this summer’s Swan Lake Fire, which decimated areas along the Sterling Highway just south of where this image was taken.” This photo by Danny Ungrue of Kenai, AK, won third place in the 2019 scenic category.
“Captured this while spending the weekend camping on the Homer spit. Vertical panorama captured with a DJI drone.” Marc Sherman of Anchorage, AK, took this picture. Which received honorable mention in the 2019 scenic category. Photos emphasizing the landscape and scenery of Alaska with or without the human element. Wildlife
“Eagle photobomb: On a day trip I took in Kachemak Bay, the eagles were gathered in the trees when this one adult flew into perfect position in front of the many ‘sitters.’” This photo by Larry Terrell of Texarkana, TX, won first place in the 2019 wildlife category.
“We had been waiting along the bank of the creek—waiting just like the bears for salmon to swim up the creek in hopes of reaching their spawning grounds. This young subadult bear got tired of waiting and decided to cross the creek directly in front of us.” This photo, taken in Lake Clark National Park, by Dawn Wilson of Fort Collins, CO, won second place in the 2019 wildlife category. “I saw this Northern Hawk Owl sitting atop a tall spruce tree. I stopped and watched as it scanned the area, turning it’s head this way and that, looking and listening. Suddenly it took off, flying to another spruce tree a couple hundred yards yards away. It only stayed there for a minute or two before flying to yet another treetop. Then it seemed to hone in on something and take off. It headed straight for the ground and pounced on something in the snow and dead grasses. I walked closer, careful not to get to close but curious about what it had caught. I had my camera up so I could get a better look at whatever it had caught when, in an instant the owl turned and took off heading right in my direction. I was ready for the action and caught this raptor as it took off to devour it’s prize elseware. This was such a thrilling experience.” Taken along the Glenn Highway near Eureka Roadhouse by Jamin Hunter Taylor of Eagle River, AK. This photo won third place in the 2019 wildlife category. “I went out one evening to Westchester Lagoon shortly after the arrival of the Arctic Terns who had returned to the region to breed. The sun was setting when I found these two “love birds”. The male would fly off and catch a fish and return to the waiting female. If she accepted the gift, the pair were mated. I loved the golden glow of the wings of these elegant birds, and really loved this intimate moment.” This photo by Jamin Hunter Taylor won honorable mention in the 2019 wildlife category. Photos of animals native to Alaska. (Images of animals in captivity not considered.) Popular submissions from our 2020 contest
The Alaska magazine editorial team is reviewing all the entries and will announce the winners in February 2021. Here is a selection of some of the most popular photos entered in the contest, as voted on by readers while entries were still being accepted.
Nick Brown took this self portrait, which he titled Center of a Hostile World, standing in an ice cave in Byron Glacier. (Disclaimer from Nick: This is dangerous. Don’t do this, or do it when guided by a professional.) Ed Boudreau took this photo, which he titled Fat Albert. “We had about 6 people on a boat and had been taking pictures all day for 3 Days and where about all Beared out when this big fella came around, needless to say we were all aghast to how huge he was and our guide mentioned that it was the largest bear he had ever seen in his 25 years in the village. Coincidentally the villagers had just harvested a Whale the day before, to which they cut away pieces and transport it out about 4 miles from the the village to help keep the bears (about 30 of them) from disrupting the harvest. We believe he must have been the Alpha and received his Kings share of the bounty.” Diane Briggs titled this photo Gone Fishing. Briggs writes, “A polar bear cub of the year found a large piece of baleen and entertained herself for quite a long time. In this shot, she appears to be mimicking a person fishing.” Debra J. Kelly took this image, titled “Hoarfrost on the Eklutna Tailrace.” She writes, “Beautiful January afternoon at the Eklutna Tailrace,” she wrote. “Red Necked Grebe chick is waiting for mom to return with a fish from the bottom of an Anchorage lake.” Photo by Sven Ole Jordan. “Bear enjoying a cool break on a hot June day. Kukak Bay.” Photo by Ferre Dollar. “Photo taken during my bucket-list trip to Brooks Falls. This was an amazing experience!” Photo by Jill Austen. Kristen Stengl took this picture, which she titled “Spring Reflections.” Becca Fox took this picture titled “Morning Sunrise.” “This Black Bear Sow and her two cubs were busy munching on the fresh yellow dandelions that were growing abundantly along the side of the road. She paused for a moment to lift her head and give me a curious look before going back to enjoying her spring salad. I had envisioned a photo like this and to see it come to life is satisfying.” Photo by Jamin Taylor. Some of the most upvoted photos by readers are displayed here. The final contest is being judged by Alaska magazine staff and winners will be announced in February 2021.