Adrian Kobler photo
Allen Zuern photo
Stephanie Buffington photo
Venus Larson photo
Heidi Schenk photo
Adrian Kobler photo
Jeffrey Burakowski photo
Clark Drown photo
David Carter photo
Rick Crawford photo
Melissa Takalo photo
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