2017 Photo Contest

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.

This contest is now closed. See the winning images in the November 2017 issue of Alaska magazine or CLICK HERE.

Alaska Magazine’s 2017 Annual Photo Contest ran from April 4, 2017 and ends August 18, 2017. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that they are 18 years old or older or have parental/guardian permission.


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Title: IMG 0813
Author: Scott Palmer
Votes: 2

Category: Wildlife
Views: 455
Description: On a Kenai Fjord boat tour to see the glaciers outside of Seward AK., we had some very opportunistic whale watching opportunities. The ship's captain was impressed by how clear the day was compared the 3 weeks previously. He told us to keep our eyes out for the seagulls congregating and diving into the water. Sure enough the seagulls gave us some forewarning of where the whales would breech while doing their cooperative feeding. I was leaning out over the bow getting shots of a jelly fish when there was quite the stir on the boat. When I lifted my head I saw that the seagulls were circling the boat, and were beginning to dive into the water directly in front of me. I had the telephoto lens on and did not have time to change it so I backed it all the way off and switched to manual focus. I could see the whales in the depths coming to the surface so I started to snap off several shots. This photo was at the peak of the breach and is my favorite because of the blur of flying seagulls in the foreground giving them motion, and if you look closely you can actually see Krill in the water.