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Chesapeake Sunrises & Sunsets Contest Winners

Aug 07, 2012 10:21PM ● By Anonymous


Throughout the vetting process, as our editors sifted through hundreds of entries (many of you submitted multiple photographs) several themes emerged. Some of you captured fiery red sunsets, others bright orange sunrises, and still others exposed deep purples, blues, and grays that sneak into the horizon. Mirror reflections (sky on water) were also in the mix. We found out what you like to photograph the most (the Bay Bridge) and seemingly all major tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay were represented. Boats also played a huge role in many photographs, as did marshland and trees. Wildlife even snuck into a few.

It was difficult to narrow our selections to those that grace these pages, but the following photographs are very impressive to our eyes, and hopefully will be to yours. Congratulations, again, to all who participated.

1st Place
Photographer: Jean Hobbs
“Taken near sunset from a cruise ship on the way to New England and Canada. It was a great opportunity to take shots of the Bay Bridge from a perspective that you wouldn’t have otherwise.” Camera: Nikon D40.

Scott-Hartman 2nd-Place

2nd Place
Photographer: Scott Hartman
“Taken in October 2011 during the sail boat show on Spa Creek just after sunrise, during an early morning ride on my Boston Whaler.” Camera: Nikon D300s, f/9, and 1/250th of a second.

Wilson-Wyatt 3rd-Place

3rd Place
Photographer: Wilson Wyatt
“Sunrise taken at 7:49 a.m. in November 2011, from the shore through a low fog resting
on Leadenham Creek (off Broad Creek and the Choptank River), in Bozman, MD (Talbot County). The fog masks the horizon line between sky and sea, light and dark, during a rising tide.” Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor DX18–200mm lens, at 43mm focal length, ISO 200, 1/125 of a second, at f/13, bracketed (-0.3 EV).

Honorable Mentions

Bill-Tongue Hon-Mention

Photographer: Bill Tongue
“Greenbury Point anchorage with Bay Bridge in the background. Sunrise with soft October fog. Shot from Susan Campbell Park in Annapolis on 10/31/2011.” Camera: Nikon D3S, 160mm lens, f/20+1, 6 seconds, ISO 400.

Patti-Rockwell Hon-Mention

Photographer: Patti Rockwell
“View of Spencer Creek at St. Michaels, heading east during sunrise in November.” Camera: Nikon 6006, AF Nikor 35–70mm lens.

Mary-Harms Hon-Mention

Photographer: Mary Harms
“Shot in August off our dock at Tanners Point Drive on Kent Island one morning.” Camera: Canon (unspecified model) in automatic mode.

Next Photography Contest
“Summer Fun”
It’s mid-summer and the fun is only just beginning. In this installment of our photo contests, we want to see your favorite summer action shots. Think recreation, sports, festivals, the great outdoors, boating, beach, barbecue…you see it, you shoot it. And send us your best.

Please submit high-resolution digital photographs to and include “Photo Contest” in the subject line. Or send prints to 929 West St., Ste. 208A, Annapolis, MD 21401, marked “Attn. Editorial Photo Contest.” (We regret that we cannot return prints.)

Include information about where the photograph was taken and when, as well as what type of camera and specifications you used to take the photograph. Camera phone photographs are accepted!

Entry deadline is August 31st, 2012.

First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive a prize to be determined. The results will be published in our October issue (tentative). Good luck!