Best of Cape Cod & the Islands Awards History

Best of Cape Cod Award 2023 marks the 32nd anniversary of Cape Cod Life’s Best of Cape Cod & the Islands Awards, making it the longest-running “Best of” contest in the region, with winners chosen by readers like YOU! The Best of awards have traditionally served as a way for Cape Cod Life to connect with thousands of locals and visitors alike, giving them the opportunity to share the people, places, and things they love best about the Cape and Islands.

Last year, we heard from the most Cape and Islands-lovers to date, tallying the votes to almost 80,000. The result was more than 852 gold and silver winners across six different regions and over 71 categories, plus a comprehensive digital guide directing visitors to the very best of the region in dining, food & drink, lodging, shopping, and things to do. In 2023, we hope to hear from even more people so that we can continue to recognize those putting in the hard work and demonstrating the kind of spirit that makes Cape Cod and the Islands such a vibrant, resilient community. 

Voting is now open for the 2023 Best of Cape Cod & the Islands Awards

2023 winners will be featured in the 2023 issue of Cape Cod LIFE June & online!

Voting has been extended to March 31st, 2023 at 11:45 PM.

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The 2023 Annual Photo Contest entry period has ended!

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.

Discover Past Annual Photo Contest Winners