A cute yet forlorn doggie looking longingly at Revere Beach while sitting next to the sign banning her from joining the fun proved a winner for RAW readers, who voted this photo by photographer Rich Gurska First Place in our August photo contest, which had the theme, "At the beach". The award comes with $100 prize.
What's remarkable about this photo, other than the touching subject and nice composition, is that it was taken with a cell phone camera. Rich writes:
"I was walking my daughter's 12-week-old puppy, named Reina -- a beagle, Boston terrier, Chinese crested powder puff mix. When we approached this break in the wall, she turned and sat down on the cool sand in the shade of the wall. The only camera I had was my Samsung Alias camera phone, so I shot away hoping for the best."
RAW readers thought it was the best of all 238 entries, so congratulations. And now for the rest of the prizes:
As user Matthew commented when we posted this image last month: "Great composition and light. I wonder how many shots it took to get the seagull in the perfect spot." This second-place finish carries a $50 award.
An approaching storm highlighted this Third Place contest winner, shot with a Nikon D40X, 18mm lens focal length, 1/200, f/7.1, ISO 100. "This is such a wonderful moment captured," commented one RAW user. "Stunning shot," wrote another. This photographer wins the $25 third-place prize.
There's no prize money; just the glory of being recognized by fellow amateur photographers -- and being published on RAW, of course ...
Taken at sunset on Skaket Beach, Orleans, with a Panasonic DMC-FZ50, f/4, ISO 100. One of our Photographers of the Week, Amanda Galvin-Johnston, commented on this: "This one is amazing! I love the use of silhouetting ... great shot!!!"
Photographer Cait Robbins writes: "On a trip to Cape Verde in 2007, I woke up early and headed down to the beach to watch the fishermen." The photo was taken with a Canon Rebel XT, 1/400, f/13, 39 mm, ISO 400.
"Waiting outside the locked gate before sunrise to get into Ft. Williams Park, I could see the sky was breathtaking," this photographer writes. "Unfortunately, the police had more important things to take care of before opening the lock. When a cruiser came to unlock the gate, there were only 15 minutes to sunrise. I scrambled to get to the lighthouse and set up before I missed what I wanted to shoot. I didn't."
RAW readers commented: "Wow, talk about timing, the photographer really can pick his spots, great shot!!!" and "Woo-hoo ... What a gorgeous picture! I LOVE lighthouses!"
"This photo was taken with my Nikon D50," Brian writes. "This was during my early days, so it was shot with the kit lens. Each Memorial Day weekend a bunch of college friends head to the Horton family cottage in Sandwich. The fire was still roaring as the sun was rising."
Taken at Bryant Pond, Maine -- near Bethel in the western part of the state -- at 6 a.m. It was shot with a Panasonic FZ50 at f/8 for 1/20 of a second. "The fog really adds a wonderful element," wrote RAW reader jude.
Two girls, two gulls. Taken in the late afternoon at Salisbury State Park Beach with a Sony DSC-S40, auto mode.
"A little different shot of a great sunset in Maine," Mike writes. This Honorable Mention marks a two-fer for the Cullivan family of Scarborough, Maine, this week: Mike's wife, Linda, is our Photographer of the Week.
Thanks to all the amateur photographers who submitted photos, and all the RAW readers who voted. The theme of our September contest is "My neighborhood", and we already have 43 entries. The deadline is midnight Sept. 30, so enter your photo and see if it ends up a winner.