Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best shots of Alaska in this contest with chances to win a BlackRapid Breathe Curve Camera Strap and more.

A special thanks to friend and professional photographer Lisa Langell for her collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Lisa Langell is a multi-award-winning wildlife photographer with an international following. She is known for her signature wildlife images that artfully capture breathtaking, split-second moments. Her images evoke both a visual and emotional connection for the viewer, offering not just a photography but an intimate experience with nature. Lisa's artwork has earned recognition and awards from the National Wildlife Federation, North American Nature Photographer's Association, Professional Photographer's Association, Arizona Highways, and more.

Congratulations People's Choice "Polar Bear Scratch " by tomingramphotography

Polar Bear Scratch  by tomingramphotography - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner "Wuthering heights " by marcoparenti

Wuthering heights by marcoparenti - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Impact is such an important quality in an image. It’s what draws you to it to begin with – and keeps you hanging on, absorbing and appreciating the image long after your first glance. This image has such lovely impact for me. The composition, lighting, post-processing and color all make it so rich, moody, and ethereal. Denali is a difficult and beautiful place to shoot. The lighting and weather can change quickly – making the task of capturing a moment like this with a blend of serenity and drama rare and special. I love the simple color palate in this image. It takes me to another world. This image is so artfully and beautifully created that for me, someone who has visited Alaska 46+ times, a favorite among the entire competition. It’s unique among the plethora of images I have seen of Denali. It’s moody, technically well photographed and deserves first place!" - Lisa Langell 

Congratulations Runner Up "Brown bear cubs playing with willow tree " by pilapix

Brown bear cubs playing with willow tree by pilapix - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Bears are a such thrill to photograph in Alaska. It’s one of my favorite things to do there each year. As bears are such an iconic symbol of Alaska, I was hoping that at least one would float to the top to be included in the set of finalists. The challenge with bear photography is often getting nice lighting, getting close enough for a sharp image without having to crop excessively, getting a good foreground, background, and pose, and much more. There were numerous images of bears in this competition - many of which were excellent and unique. But I particularly loved this one for the expression, gesture, the composition with the tree, and its overall technical excellence. It’s a special shot and deserves to be among the top images in this competition!" - Lisa Langell 

Congratulations Runner Up "Independence Mine Aurora " by jasonjhatfield

Independence Mine Aurora by jasonjhatfield - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"A beautiful aurora is so iconic for Alaska. I was excited to see images of the aurora in this competition. This one in particular stood out to me for several reasons. First, the composition of the swirling aurora with the Independence Mine situated right at the heart of the swirl is perfect. The reflected light on the mine and snow is also lovely, plus the right amount of vignetting makes this image stand out. I also can appreciate the challenging hike it took in deep snow to get to this mine, at high elevation, for this shot at night. I also have not seen an image of this mine with the aurora, so it stood out among many aurora images for that reason. I loved the image and appreciate what the photographer went through to capture it beautifully. For this reason I have selected it as a top placing image in this competition." - Lisa Langell 

Congratulations Amateur Winner "Humpback Whale Breach in Alaska " by DebbieSalvesen

Humpback Whale Breach in Alaska by DebbieSalvesen - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Iceberg Fortress " by jamesrushforth

Iceberg Fortress by jamesrushforth - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"IMG_5689 " by fotki54

IMG_5689 by fotki54 - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"IMGP2694 " by Sorley_Photography

IMGP2694 by Sorley_Photography - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"_MG_8455FamilyPortraitSnowing " by KarenCelella

_MG_8455FamilyPortraitSnowing by KarenCelella - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Arctic Fox " by sheripetersontaus

Arctic Fox by sheripetersontaus - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Dinner is served " by Joecf

Dinner is served by Joecf - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Smooth Falls " by FalconEddie

Smooth Falls by FalconEddie - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Orca Breach 1 " by PhotosbyJLR

Orca Breach 1 by PhotosbyJLR - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Humpback Ballet " by t-j-stoeri

Humpback Ballet by t-j-stoeri - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

""I'm Watching You" " by SunBear22222

"I'm Watching You" by SunBear22222 - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Last light in the inlet " by michaeldobson

Last light in the inlet by michaeldobson - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Clamming upright " by ccpence

Clamming upright by ccpence - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Lounging on a log. " by carol_bock_2299

Lounging on a log. by carol_bock_2299 - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Chilkoot " by Cobble-Art

Chilkoot by Cobble-Art - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"His Majesty " by JadeRiver

His Majesty by JadeRiver - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Davidson Glacier up close and personal " by brentmorris

Davidson Glacier up close and personal by brentmorris - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Breakfast Alaska Style " by SharonLandisPhotography

Breakfast Alaska Style by SharonLandisPhotography - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Iceworld " by Celtic

Iceworld by Celtic - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"King Mtn Matanuska Valley " by Pix6

King Mtn Matanuska Valley by Pix6 - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Brown bear by the falls " by peterallinson

Brown bear by the falls by peterallinson - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Where's the cub? " by jimsteeves

Where's the cub? by jimsteeves - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

" " by edpa777

 by edpa777 - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Alaska Elk " by DeonG

Alaska Elk by DeonG - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Cub Pointing on the Beach " by JDay

Cub Pointing on the Beach by JDay - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Stepping on an Alaskan Glacier! " by Rafaphoto

Stepping on an Alaskan Glacier! by Rafaphoto - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"As above,so below " by sastimos

As above,so below by sastimos - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Journey On " by jwine05

Journey On by jwine05 - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Mothers Milk " by mattdaugherty

Mothers Milk by mattdaugherty - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"The Waltz " by karyntureckischiller

The Waltz by karyntureckischiller - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Bald Eagle " by hiyahercfarm

Bald Eagle by hiyahercfarm - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"_DSC4610 " by outside

_DSC4610 by outside - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Hubbard Glacier " by deborahv

Hubbard Glacier by deborahv - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Ice Climber " by jonsicurella

Ice Climber by jonsicurella - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Pristine Wilderness " by gldosa

Pristine Wilderness by gldosa - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Welcome to Alaska " by marrieladurandegui

Welcome to Alaska by marrieladurandegui - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Family Portrait " by HarryC

Family Portrait by HarryC - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Bear Pause " by Fraida

"Just a Small Disagreement " by kerikson211

Just a Small Disagreement by kerikson211 - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Alaska Ranch 02 " by namaste

Alaska Ranch 02 by namaste - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Heading Home " by ClaudiaKuhn

Heading Home by ClaudiaKuhn - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"ICE CLIMBING ON KENNICOTT GLACIER " by Paul_Joslin

ICE CLIMBING ON KENNICOTT GLACIER by Paul_Joslin - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Matanuska River " by ManuKeggenhoff

Matanuska River by ManuKeggenhoff - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Whale tail " by MBphotographybiz

Whale tail by MBphotographybiz - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Flight " by Jannnetc

Flight by Jannnetc - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"The "Good Grief" " by Smiles69

The "Good Grief" by Smiles69 - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Alaskan Aurora " by NorthernExposures

Alaskan Aurora by NorthernExposures - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Beautiful Night for Aurora " by lmevans

Beautiful Night for Aurora by lmevans - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest

"Brown Bear " by simonelennie

Brown Bear by simonelennie - Alaska The Wild Photo Contest