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Winners of the BL Summer Fun photo contest

logoLast summer, we asked you to send us your best photographs for the Boys’ Life Summer Fun Contest. You guys took so many great pics, it was really hard to choose the best. (Seriously — the magazine staff squabbled over this!)

But we finally decided, and here are our winners!


1ST PLACE, AGES 6-11

“Aqua Boy” by Colin McLeod

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Using the timer on a GoPro, Colin let the camera fall and shoot while he floated to the pool’s surface. It sums up what he and his family love most about summer: “water and sun!”


1ST PLACE, AGES 12-17

“Stargazing in Custer State Park” by Andrew Willson

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Andrew says, “I took this photo during Troop 49’s summer trip from New Lenox, Illinois, to South Dakota. After a long day of sightseeing, a few fellow Scouts and I went out into the dark, starry night and gazed at the amazing sky. The photo was taken with a Canon T3i and exposed for 90 seconds.”


2ND PLACE, AGES 6-11

“Halcyon Daze” by Josiah Shimandle

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“Halcyon” means “happy” and is also the name of a kingfisher bird once believed to build its nest on water. In Greek myth, Halcyon threw herself into the sea and becomes a kingfisher. Josiah asks, “My brother throws himself into the lake in the heat of the summer, but will he turn into a kingfisher bird?”


2ND PLACE, AGES 12-17

“Sunset Sea Base 2014” by Billy Frielingsdorf

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While sailing from Florida Sea Base on Calypso Gypsy, Billy took this photo “miles off shore and just near an uninhabited island, getting ready to drop anchor.”


3RD PLACE, AGES 6-11

“Blowing in the Wind” by Ethan David Kannel

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Ethan says, “A sure sign of summer is my little brother blowing dandelion seeds in the wind.”


3RD PLACE, AGES 12-17

“My Week on the Moon” by Nicholas Proscia

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Yes, this shot (of pro boarder Red Gerard, 14) was taken during the summer — at a photography workshop on Mount Hood, Oregon. Nicholas says it’s “one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. At night it creates the most dreamscapey backdrops. It feels like you’re snowboarding on the moon.”


HONORABLE MENTIONS, AGES 6-11

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“Aquatics” by Tejas Jadar

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“Antelope Canyon” by Brady Davis

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“Falling to Pieces” by Samuel Mitchell

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“Spot the Frog” by Jacob Sakelarios

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“A Boy Eating Peaches” by Melody R. Vachon

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“Making the Play” by Noah Büttner

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“Campfire” by Jacob M. Sherman

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“Paddling Into the Sunset” by Aidan McClurg


HONORABLE MENTIONS, AGES 12-17

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“Second Run” by John Rawcliffe

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“Ford” by Michael Garrett Hogan

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“Climb” by Jadon Schmitt

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“Reflection” by Alex “Bear” Lo Vecchio

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“NHRA Nationals With Scouters” by Levi Palmer

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“Meriwether Morning Glory” by Matthew Archibald

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“Hidden Owl” by Karl Gifford Bauer

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“Seagull Snapshot” by Elliot Giles


5 Comments on Winners of the BL Summer Fun photo contest

  1. Roger That // April 9, 2015 at 9:31 pm // Reply

    Great photos. The cover photo should be in a class by itself, it’s better than an honorable mention. Some of the photos don’t seem to be scout-related.

  2. Your real name // March 12, 2015 at 9:57 pm // Reply

    “Reflection” – amazing photo, great title!

  3. All those honorable mentions (especially 12-17 age group) seemed almost better than the top three. I think I would vote climb to be first but Sunset Sea Base was also good.

  4. I think that some of the honorable mentions should have won the contest. Especially the 1st place in the 12-17 age group

  5. Superman 3000 // February 24, 2015 at 8:12 pm // Reply

    All in all, cool photos.

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