The results of our 2003 photo contest are in. For readers, the challenge was a snap.

By Katie Finley
July 14, 2003

We were astonished to find 4,000 entries, more than double lastyear's total, pouring into our mailboxes. They arrived from 49states, six Canadian provinces, and Mexico―some elaboratelypackaged and some in plain white envelopes, but all sporting auniversal plea to the post office for care.

Enduring the inevitable paper cuts, we opened each one. In theagonizing process of choosing only five to appear on our pages, wesorted through stunning sunsets, sputtering surfers, and sun-kissedbeach bums. These images show how much you respect nature, how muchyou appreciate a good time, and how much you love your children.You captured the coast from every angle.

So pull out those cameras and get ready for next year―wehope to receive even more photos that represent the shore's variedcharms. Maybe the entry pool will double yet again.

As Mark Rasmussen, our third runner-up, says, "The colors in myphoto are true. It's important to capture them because they're asbeautiful on film as they are in reality―all you have to dois go looking for it." When you find it, send it to us. We'll besure to warn the mailroom.

We had a difficult time choosing five winners. See the contesthonorable mentions in the slideshow link at left.