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Best of Cape Cod & the Islands Awards History

Best of Cape Cod Award2024 marks the 33rd year of Cape Cod Life’s annual Best of Cape Cod & the Islands Awards, making it the longest-running "Best of" contest in the region, with winners chosen by you—our readers! The "Best of" awards have traditionally served as a way for Cape Cod Life to connect with thousands of locals, summer residents, and visitors, giving them the opportunity to share the people, places, and things they love best about the Cape & Islands.

Last year, we heard from almost 70,000 Cape & Islands lovers. This resulted in more than 828 gold and silver winners across six different regions in 69 categories—plus our comprehensive digital guide directing visitors to the very best of the region in dining, food & drink, lodging, shopping, and things to do.

In 2024, 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. 

Thank you to our 2024 Presenting Sponsor: The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod!

2024 Best of Cape Cod & the Islands Awards

Winners will be featured in the 2024 June issue of Cape Cod LIFE & online!


Enter for a chance to have your photo featured on the cover of Cape Cod LIFE June!

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.

2024 Annual Photo Contest - CLOSED