This was a spectacular year for photos, as the 247 entries in our annual Photo Contest proved. Entries came from Seattle to San Diego, capturing the beauty and drama of the coast and beyond.

Eighteen-year-old Evan Cain of Astoria won the judges’ pick for first place this year with his photo of two Least Sandpipers hunting for food in a freshwater pool.

Brad Hill, owner of Discover Paragliding in Warrenton with his wife Maren Ludwig, snapped the shot that viewers on voted as their favorite and contest judges awarded second place. 

And Astoria’s Rachel Lertora, 14, took third place with her photo of a spiderweb heavy with early morning dew.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who entered. Keep shooting for next year!


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