Congrats to Eric Z. of Pompano Beach, Florida, whose photo was voted the best of 2017 in our annual contest!

Eric wins a $1000 CLC gift card. 

Each month we ask you to send us your best photos of Chesapeake Light Craft designs, and you've sent us hundreds of amazing shots.

Each month we ask you to vote on your favorites, and the top three (or sometimes four, in case of a tie) are put into the running for the overall annual winner. 

Finally, during January, you voted for your favorite of the monthly winners. It was a hard-fought race this year with so many terrific images, but the votes are in and here are the results. (Click images to enlarge.)

Stitch & Glue Night Heron by Eric Z 

First overall: Eric Z's Stitch-and-Glue Night Heron in the light of a Marathon Key sunset.

Mill Creek 16.5 Hybrid by Paul K

With so many excellent photos in the final lineup for year-end voting, we want to share some of the other top finishers, like this fun shot of David K's Mill Creek 16.5 Hybrid -- his first boatbuilding project.

Kaholo 14 Hybrid by Dice PAlso popular was Dice P's great view of her Kaholo 14 Hybrid, decked in locally reclaimed wood from the Apalachicola River.

Chester Yawl by Virginia JJimmy Skiff by Davis L

Virginia J's image of a Chester Yawl afloat on the crystal water of Pleasant Pond, Maine, was also a strong contender, along with Davis L's evocative black-and-white view of his Jimmy Skiff's maiden voyage.

Charles R's view of his wife and dog celebrating a day in his Wood Duck 12 was popular, too, along with David C's Chesapeake 16 pulled up on a rocky beach. 

 Wood Duck 12 by Charles R

 Chesapeake 16 by David C

Jim R's portrait of his Annapolis Wherry, Joel A's image of his kids enjoying a sail in his Mill Creek 16.5, and Paul L's Petrel at sunset also were among the favorites

Mill Creek 16.5 by Joel A

Annapolis Wherry by Jim RPetrel by Paul L














And how about this view of Len K's Wood Duck 12 Hybrid amongst the water lilies sent in by Deva M? It earned a hefty number of votes, too, along with Richard S's snow-capped mountains as backdrop to his Chesapeake 17LT Hybrid.

Wood Duck 12 Hybrid by Len K Chesapeake 17LT Hybrid by Paul L

 John W's Guillemot bow with a study of interesting textures and Mike H's shot of his daughter's fishing expedition in her Wood Duckling also earned substantial numbers of votes.

Guillemot by John W Wood Duckling by Mike H

Thanks to everyone who participated, with photos, and with votes. The 2018 Photo Contest is OPEN! Cast your votes for the latest submissions, and keep sending us your best images. You, too, could win either our $150 monthly gift card prize, or the big annual award of $1000! Or BOTH!


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