Annual Photo Contest

2021 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 Photography 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.

The 2022 Annual Photo Contest is now open!

Share your favorite photos of the Cape & Islands for a chance to win!

2021 Grand Prize

By Rebecca Strohm: Photographer Rebecca Strohm captures one child’s wonder of time at the beach.
Girl sitting on stones at the beach

2021 Kids & Pets

1st Place - By Galynn Frechette - Sandwich Boardwalk, Sandwich

1st Cape Characters Kids & Pets  By Galynn Frechette  Sandwich Boardwalk, Sandwich

2nd Place - By Nicole Apostle - Swifts Beach Wareham

2nd Cape Characters Kids & Pets  By Nicole Apostle  Swifts Beach Wareham

3rd Place - By Kristen Poisson - Bayview Beach, Dennis

3rd Cape Characters – Kids & Pets  By Kristen Poisson  Bayview Beach, Dennis

Honorable Mention - By Ellen Newman - Fort Hill, Eastham

Honorable Mention Cape Characters: Kids & Pets  By Ellen Newman  Fort Hill, Eastham

Photographer's Choice  - By Rachel Doddridge-Spring - Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham

Honorable Mention Photographer’s Choice Cape Characters: Kids & Pets  By Rachel Doddridge-Spring Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham

2021 Cape Characters

1st Place - By Suzzanne Dionne - Chapin Beach, Dennis


2nd Place - By Robert Sullivan - Mayflower Beach, Dennis


3rd Place - By David Barnett - Kingsbury Beach, Eastham


Honorable Mention - By Barry Berman - Mytoi Garden, Chappaquiddick


Photographer's Choice  - By Bill Diedering, Sandwich


2021 Seascapes

1st Place - By Jennifer O’Leary - Wellfleet Harbor, Wellfleet


2nd Place - By Natalie Sikorski - The Moors, Provincetown


3rd Place - By Stephen Keep - Milky Way over Stage Harbor, Chatham


Honorable Mention - By Kathleen Healy - Wychmere Harbor, Harwichport


Photographer's Choice  - By David Adams - West Falmouth Harbor, Falmouth


2021 Recognizable Places

1st Place - By Natalie Sikorski - Provincetown Harbor, Provincetown


2nd Place - By Mary Shalgian - The railroad and Bourne Bridges line up with the sunset once a year


3rd Place - By Rick Branscomb - Sandwich Boardwalk, Sandwich


Honorable Mention - By Tomas Camacho - Bass Hole Boardwalk, Gray’s Beach, Dennis


Photographer's Choice  - By Heidi Brennan - Brant Point, Nantucket


Annual Photo Contest

Rules & Regulations


Enter in one or more of these categories:

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


Digital Submission. Preferred file size is 4MB/300dpi. If you are submitting an image from an iPhone, please send in largest file possible. Please use the digital submission form below.


Now accepting entries for the 2022 Annual Photography Contest. All entries must be received by February 28th, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

Winners will be announced in the June 2022 issue of Cape Cod LIFE.


The Grand Prize winner will be featured on the cover of the June 2022 issue of Cape Cod LIFE, and will win a cash prize of $300. In each of the five categories, four cash prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st Place - $100
  • 2nd Place - $75
  • 3rd Place - $50
  • Honorable Mention - $25

The winner's photos will be included in the June 2022 "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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Sell your photos through Cape Cod LIFE!

Cape Cod LIFE is known for its beautiful photography taken by talented locals and visitors. We often get inquires to purchase photos that appear in the magazine. If you would like your photography to be considered to be included in our collection of featured photography for sale, submit your email address below and someone will contact you with more information including a written agreement outlining compensation and more. We look forward to collaborating with you!