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FINALIST | SHAW ISLAND RAFT-UP
James Unchurch of Gig Harbor,
Washington, was on a summer boat trip to
the San Juan Islands with wife, Melanie,
when he captured this view of a raft-up in
Blind Bay on Shaw Island. “We anchored in
the bay for a night, did some crabbing, and
explored Blind Island,” he says.
WINNER | BOUND FOR BEAUTY
Bill Walker of Anchorage, Alaska, was enjoying time aboard the
maiden voyage of BW, the 10th wooden boat he’s built himself.
Walker (not the state’s governor, who has the same name) only
had his Samsung S5 cellphone to snap this photo. “It was early
summer on Kenai Lake, which has that mesmerizing turquoise-colored water. It’s the most scenic time of the year,” he says. “The
foliage is green again, but the mountain snow hasn’t yet melted.”
FINALIST | LONG WAY AROUND
Sarah Lilja of Maplewood, Minnesota, made good use of the
five weeks she spent with family in Gothenburg, Sweden.
“There’s a gorgeous set of islands off the coast of Gothenburg
called the Archipeliago,” she says. “No cars are allowed, which
keeps them pristine.”