Our 1,550 contestants really got around, and the entries ran the gamut of subjects: Mountains and deserts, urban street scenes and country landscapes, adorable animals, sunrises and sunsets, and lots of water. We present our four winners and 11 honorable mentions.
First place winnerA 37-year-old stay-at-home mom and part-time attorney, Green felt immediately drawn to the old house she spotted from the parking lot of the Oregon Inlet, a fishing area on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, in December. “What attracted me was how the whole scene — the dune, the house, and the sky — were all simultaneously so dynamic and so timeless,” she told us. “I felt as if I could have stood in the same spot 50 years ago and seen the exact same thing.” She took her photo while her avid fisherman husband tried his luck at the nearby beach. “He didn’t catch anything,” Green said wryly, “but I did.” And what a catch it was.Natalie Fay Green, Bethesda, Md.