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2017 Coast Weekend Photo Contest winners

Here are the Top 3, People’s Choice and honorable mentions
Erick Bengel

Coast Weekend

Published on January 4, 2018 7:50AM

Last changed on January 8, 2018 1:17PM

“Fiery Sunrise” by Adrian Kobler, 64, of Gearhart, is the judges’ pick for First Place in the 2017 Coast Weekend Photo Contest.

Adrian Kobler photo

“Fiery Sunrise” by Adrian Kobler, 64, of Gearhart, is the judges’ pick for First Place in the 2017 Coast Weekend Photo Contest.

“Bridge in the Clouds” by Astoria resident Allen Zuern, 64, wins Second Place in the 2017 Coast Weekend Photo Contest.

Allen Zuern photo

“Bridge in the Clouds” by Astoria resident Allen Zuern, 64, wins Second Place in the 2017 Coast Weekend Photo Contest.

Third Place in the 2017 Coast Weekend Photo Contest goes to Stephanie Buffington, 51, of Gearhart, who took this pet picture, titled “Jinger at Gearhart Beach.”

Stephanie Buffington photo

Third Place in the 2017 Coast Weekend Photo Contest goes to Stephanie Buffington, 51, of Gearhart, who took this pet picture, titled “Jinger at Gearhart Beach.”

“Saddle Mountain” by Venus Larson, 36, of Astoria, wins People’s Choice.

Venus Larson photo

“Saddle Mountain” by Venus Larson, 36, of Astoria, wins People’s Choice.

“Pure Bliss” by Heidi Schenk, 47, of Vancouver, Washington. Schenk captured this baby seal awaiting its momma, and its lunch, in Long Beach, Washington.

Heidi Schenk photo

“Pure Bliss” by Heidi Schenk, 47, of Vancouver, Washington. Schenk captured this baby seal awaiting its momma, and its lunch, in Long Beach, Washington.

“Looks Yummy” by 64-year-old Gearhart resident Adrian Kobler — the contest’s First Place winner — who caught this hummingbird eying the fuschia in his neighbor’s yard.

Adrian Kobler photo

“Looks Yummy” by 64-year-old Gearhart resident Adrian Kobler — the contest’s First Place winner — who caught this hummingbird eying the fuschia in his neighbor’s yard.

“End of Day” by Jeffrey Burakowski, 54, of Ocean Park, Washington

Jeffrey Burakowski photo

“End of Day” by Jeffrey Burakowski, 54, of Ocean Park, Washington

Clark Drown, 65, of Hammond, caught this perfect moment: “Rigby and the Cow Elk.”

Clark Drown photo

Clark Drown, 65, of Hammond, caught this perfect moment: “Rigby and the Cow Elk.”

“End of the Rainbow” by David Carter, 66, of Astoria. Carter, a retiring bar pilot, said that, every day in Astoria, “there’s just massive beauty out there.” For Carter, who moved to the port town from Denver, “this is the end of my rainbow,” he said.

David Carter photo

“End of the Rainbow” by David Carter, 66, of Astoria. Carter, a retiring bar pilot, said that, every day in Astoria, “there’s just massive beauty out there.” For Carter, who moved to the port town from Denver, “this is the end of my rainbow,” he said.

“Columbia River Pilot Boarding Ship” by Rick Crawford, 66, of Astoria. “I recently had the opportunity to take a ride on the Connor Foss to gather inspiration for a new series of sculptures that I’m working on, and was able to get this unique perspective of just one of the many risks the bar and river pilots have to deal with in their job,” Crawford wrote.

Rick Crawford photo

“Columbia River Pilot Boarding Ship” by Rick Crawford, 66, of Astoria. “I recently had the opportunity to take a ride on the Connor Foss to gather inspiration for a new series of sculptures that I’m working on, and was able to get this unique perspective of just one of the many risks the bar and river pilots have to deal with in their job,” Crawford wrote.

“Clam Digging” by Melissa Takalo, 47, of Astoria. She described the scene as a “wonderful evening on the beach with family.”

Melissa Takalo photo

“Clam Digging” by Melissa Takalo, 47, of Astoria. She described the scene as a “wonderful evening on the beach with family.”


Sunrises and sunsets, birds and bridges, light rays and fog drift, animals and panoramas dominated the 2017 Coast Weekend Photo Contest.

And with 355 entries, mostly from folks scattered throughout the Columbia-Pacific region and wider Northwest, we the judges — and you, the online voters — faced a daunting task in choosing the best.

Kudos to the winners, and a big thanks to everyone who submitted their work — those of you who let us peer into the lens through which you see the world — and showed us what you think is beautiful and worth sharing.


Top 3 and People’s Choice


“Fiery Sunrise,” by Adrian Kobler, 64, of Gearhart, is the judges’ pick for First Place in the 2017 Coast Weekend Photo Contest. The photo was taken in the nature conservancy near Kobler’s home as the sun broke through morning fog.

Kobler also earned an honorable mention for his photo “Looks Yummy,” and his photo “The Squeaky Wheel ...” ranked in the Top 25.

“Bridge in the Clouds,” by Astoria resident Allen Zuern, wins Second Place. Zuern captured a shrouded Columbia riverscape from his backyard one morning as fog settled beneath the Astoria Bridge.

Third Place goes to Stephanie Buffington’s pet picture titled “Jinger at Gearhart Beach.” Buffington, 51, of Gearhart, took the photo while she and her golden retriever were catching a sunset.

Buffington’s photo “Sea Foam at Sunset” also placed in the Top 25.

Finally, more than 250 votes were cast for People’s Choice, and the plurality went to Venus Larson’s sunrise pic, titled “Saddle Mountain.” Larson, a 36-year-old Astoria resident, lives near this view. “That’s usually my morning wakeup with my coffee,” she said.


Honorable mentions (in random order)


• “Pure Bliss” by Heidi Schenk, 47, of Vancouver, Washington

• “Looks Yummy” by Adrian Kobler, 64, of Gearhart

• “End of Day” by Jeffrey Burakowski, 54, of Ocean Park, Washington

• “Rigby and the Cow Elk” by Clark Drown, 65, of Hammond

• “End of the Rainbow” by David Carter, 66, of Astoria

• “Columbia River Pilot Boarding Ship” by Rick Crawford, 66, of Astoria

• “Clam Digging” by Melissa Takalo, 47, of Astoria

















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