Annual Photo Contest

2023 Winners

In 1979, Brian Shortsleeve founded Cape Cod Life with two specific goals. First, to share his love for the Cape & Islands, and second, to do so through beautiful photography.

Our Annual Photo Contest pays homage to Brian’s original mission by sharing the hard work of local photographers, honoring the early morning hours they spend out in the marshes of Sandwich or along the dunes of Truro trying to immortalize one perfect, Cape Cod moment.

Enter Our 2024 Annual Photo Contest!

Enter now for a chance to have your image on the cover of Cape Cod LIFE June 2024.

2023 Grand Prize

By Patricia Turo: West Falmouth

2023 Seascapes

1st Place - Larry Glick - East Chop Lighthouse, Martha's Vineyard


2nd Place - By Betsy Carothers - The Piles in Falmouth


3rd Place - By Greg Galanis - "Mya" just off of Great Island, Yarmouth


Honorable Mention - By Kathleen Healy - Nauset Light, Eastham


2023 Kids & Pets

1st Place - By Amy Lambert - Lt. Island, Wellfleet


2nd Place - By Rosemary Sampson - Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard


3rd Place - By Erin Garganigo - Brewster Flats


Honorable Mention - By Danielle Hamel - Scudder Lane, Barnstable


2023 Cape Characters

1st Place - By Cindy Esposito - First Encounter Beach, Eastham


2nd Place - By Ryan Prentiss - Bass River, South Yarmouth


3rd Place - By Amy Roberts - Falmouth Harbor


Honorable Mention - By Cindy Esposito - Provincetown


2023 Recognizable Places

1st Place - By David Long - Nobska Light, Falmouth


2nd Place - By Gerard Lamothe - Nobska Light, Falmouth


3rd Place - By Rosemary Sampson - Rock Harbor, Orleans


Honorable Mention - By Michael Klehm - Cape Cod Canal, Bourne


2023 Photographers' Choice

1st Place - By Marvin Greenbaum - Wychmere Harbor, Harwich 


2nd Place - By Mary Myrick - Commercial Street, Provincetown


3rd Place - By Bob Debski - Salt Pond, Eastham


Honorable Mention - By Steven McCay - Provincetown


2023 Readers' Choice Photo


By Dianne Houghton: Rock Harbor, Orleans

Last year we decided to unveil an additional category to our Annual Photo Contest: Readers' Choice Photo. That's right—we decided it was time to give our readers a chance to voice their opinion.

Check back next year to cast your vote at


Annual Photo Contest

Rules & Regulations


Enter in one or more of these categories:

    • Cape Characters (Adults)
    • Cape Characters (Kids + Pets)
    • Seascapes
    • Photographers' Choice
    • Recognizable Places (Landmarks, Villages, etc)


Digital Submission. Please send largest size possible! When sending from a phone please choose “Largest Size” or “Actual Size” when sending. Preferred size is at least 300 dpi. Use the digital submission form below.


Now accepting entries for the 2024 Annual Photo Contest. All entries must be received by February 29th, 2024 at 11:45 PM.

Winners will be announced in the June 2024 issue of Cape Cod LIFE.


The Grand Prize winner will be featured on the cover of the June 2024 issue of Cape Cod LIFE, and will win a $300 gift certificate to Cape Cod Photo, Art & Framing. In each of the five categories, four cash prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st Place - $100
  • 2nd Place - $75
  • 3rd Place - $50
  • Honorable Mention - $25
  • Readers' Choice Photo Award - One year free subscription to Cape Cod LIFE

The winner's photos will be included in the June 2024 "Best of" issue of Cape Cod LIFE.

Digital Entry Form

  • Please enter your name as you would like to be credited.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf, tiff, jpeg, Max. file size: 4 MB.
  • Upon submission of this form, Cape Cod Life Publications retains publication rights for all submitted photographs. Some photographs may be used in issues other than the "Best of Cape Cod & the Islands®" June issue, on Cape Cod LIFE's website or social media and/or in other Cape Cod Life publications or products. Cape Cod Life Publications employees and their immediate families are not eligible to enter. Cape Cod Life will give appropriate photo credit to the best of our ability. When you submit this form, you agree to be added to Cape Cod Life's email newsletter list.
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