We're celebrating five years of our photo contest with five unforgettable images of the coast.

By Katie Finley
August 03, 2006
Grand prize winner taken by Jonathan Nissanov at Bainbridge Island, Washington
Jonathan Nissanov

Each year, it becomes more difficult to narrow down thethousands of entries in our photo contest to five winners. Manyarrive with stories attached, acknowledging that photographs of thesea are always enriched by our memories.

This year's grand prize winner, Jonathan Nissanov, rememberssnapping the evocative springtime photo shown. "I must admit," hesays, "when I came across this unattended boat, I had an urge tosneak it out for a sail. It was as though both it and I weredreaming of the lapping waves."

Mara Zaslove, our first runner-up, says the perfect reflectionof bright kayaks made her do a double take. Second runner-up JimGuille recalls that his granddaughter Ellie "would fill up herbucket and carefully carry water back up the beach. Every time shedumped water into the [sand castle's] moat, it would disappear, andoff she went to get more." We couldn't resist featuring suchtongue-out commitment―or that shock of red hair.

The third and fourth runners-up prove that memories can be madeon palm-shaded Mexican sands or on the rocky coast of Maine. And asour first of many honorablementions shows, in the end, those memories are really all aboutthe people who share the coast with us. Wherever you are, we hopeyou're dreaming of the lapping waves too.

Grand prize winner:
Jonathan Nissanov
Philadelphia, PA

First runner-up:
Mara Zaslove
Santa Monica, CA

Second runner-up:
Jim Guille
St. Helena Island, SC

Third runner-up:
Debra Sovich
Baden, PA

Fourth runner-up:
Robert Dennis
Andover, MA

Five Fabulous Prizes
Grand prize winner receives a three-night stay at the Virginia Beach ResortHotel, including dinner for two and access to 28 miles ofbeaches and amenities galore. We will provide $500 towardtransportation.

First runner-up receives $350. Second, third, and fourthrunners-up receive $100.