Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos shot along a shoreline in this photo contest with chances to win a Sony QX10 Lens. Smartphones have changed the way we take and share photos. The DSC-QX10 takes it to the next level with a 10x zoom and detail never before possible from a smartphone.

A special thanks to friend and professional photographer Greg Vaughn for his collaboration as a guest judge. Greg Vaughn is a freelance photographer specializing in recreational travel and the natural world. His photography is regularly featured in leading travel magazines and websites such as National Geographic Traveler, Backpacker, VIA, and Travel Oregon, and is distributed worldwide through a network of photo agents. Greg’s photos have won awards from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the North American Nature Photograph Association (NANPA), Print Magazine, Fujifilm, and the Hawaii Visitors Bureau.

Grand Jury Winner

"This is a true work on art. The kind of photograph that one could hang on the wall and never get tired of looking at. The dramatic light is key, of course,  but beyond that the photographer did an outstanding job of composing the image and the processing is masterful. Color, tone and contrast are excellent, as was the timing of tripping the shutter - that white line of surf separating the rocks from the water further enhances the image." - Greg Vaughn

Runner Up

"That gorgeous magic hour light grabs the eye but that is not the only thing this photo has going for it. This photograph would also be stunning as a black & white with that low, angled light, graphic forms of the shipwreck, and luminous clouds. The composition is excellent and the photographer chose the perfect shutter speed to show a little movement of the water but not blur it out entirely." - Greg Vaughn

Runner Up

"Fantastic photo of an incredible natural phenomenon. I have seen quite a few photos of the aurora borealis this past year, but none as beautiful, or as well executed technically, as this one. The photographer obviously chose his viewpoint carefully to get just that lineup of mountains and the rocks in the foreground." - Greg Vaughn

Runner Up

"The photographer says he lucked out with this photograph, but he obviously knew how to take advantage of his good fortune. The photo has so much going for it compositionally with all the leading lines, curves, textures, and shapes. The long shutter speed that blurred the movement of the water in the crack lends a sense of mystery to the image, and the rippling clouds at the very top hint at the same texture as the rocks. " - Greg Vaughn

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