The 2018 Coast Weekend Photo Contest drew 230 submissions.
And in a field dominated by striking snapshots of dogs, deer, elk, ships, lighthouses, crashing waves, the Columbia River, the Peter Iredale and the Milky Way, the First Place winner — as chosen by E.O. Media Group judges — was among the few photos featuring human beings: two ornately dressed young women seated on driftwood, sharing a face-to-face moment.
The photo: “Valentine and Pearl,” taken by 39-year-old Astoria artist Meghann Hanour. The subjects: Hanour’s daughters, Colette and Olyvia Reff, wearing dresses their mother made — a tableau of sisters by the sea, soaking in the Cannon Beach sunlight.
Second Place goes to “TIME,” by Teddy Townsend, 20, of Cathlamet, Wash. We’ve seen many photos of the Peter Iredale, an eminently photogenic, rusted-out relic, but never one quite like this.
Third Place goes to Kimberlee Hamilton, 56, of Vancouver, Wash., for “Synchronized Lunge Feeding,” a breathtaking shot of feeding whales, so close and cinematic it’s startling.
Finally, People’s Choice, earning the plurality of online votes, goes to Trisha Payne, 43, of Bend. Payne captured the Coquille River Lighthouse in Bandon with “Remembering the Light.”
To see the top 25, check out the contest gallery.