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Your great Hawaii photo could win a free Maui vacation from HAWAII Magazine


"A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed

The quote above — attributed to Ansel Adams, the late nature photographer famous for his sweeping landscape images of the American West — prompts this question:

Do you have a photo of great photo of Hawaii?

If so, enter it in HAWAII Magazine’s 13th annual Photo Contest. Your expressive photography could win you a grand-prize six-night vacation on Maui, airfare and accommodations included.

The contest, which has been under way for a few months now, is open to entries through Aug. 5, 2011. That leaves less than four weeks to sort through your best shots or to focus your lens on anything in the Islands that evokes a Hawaii sentiment — our people, fauna and flora, waves and waterfalls, etc.


We’re giving away nine prizes. Grand-prize is airfare for two to Maui from the winner’s nearest Hawaiian Airlines gateway city, plus a six-night stay at The Kapalua Villas Maui. In addition to the 2011 grand-prize getaway, the top contest winner will score Hawaiian Body Products, Oils of Aloha and an assortment of 100 percent Kona coffee from Hula Daddy — sponsor of our HawaiiMagazine.com Reader Photo of the Week contest.

There will be four first-place and four second-place prizes awarded in the following categories: Oahu, Kauai, Big Island, and Maui/Molokai/Lanai.

The first-place winner in the Oahu category will be treated to a five-night stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort & Spa. First-place winners in the other categories will receive $100 cash and goodies from Oils of Aloha and Hawaiian Body Products. Second-place winners in each category will get $75 cash and a supply of paradise products from Oils of Aloha and Hawaiian Body Products.


American photo icon Ansel Adams (1902-1984) also said: “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” True enough, artistically speaking. However, please note that we do have some photo contest rules.

• Contestants may enter up to eight photos, but no more than two in each category.

• Entries must have with been shot on the island specified by category.

• Photos entered into HawaiiMagazine.com’s Reader Photo of the Week contest may also be resubmitted for the annual photo contest, but must follow all mailing directions and contest rules.

Click here for more 2011 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest details, complete rules and a downloadable official entry form.

Entries must be postmarked no later than Fri., Aug. 5, 2011.

The winner photos will be published in the January/February 2012 issue of HAWAII Magazine. Additionally, winners and finalist photos will be published on HawaiiMagazine.com.


Need some visual inspiration? Check out photo galleries of our 2010, 2009 and 2008 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest winners and finalists by clicking the links below.

2010 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest winners and finalists

2009 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest winners and finalists

2008 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest winners and finalists

And here’s one last bit of shutterbug advice, again, courtesy of Ansel Adams. “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” Good luck, photographers! We’re looking forward to viewing your best shots!

A big mahalo to all of our 13th annual HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest sponsors! Please click on their links above to find out more about them.

Photos: first-place winner, Maui category (2010), by Heywood Greenberg (top); second-place winner, Maui category (2009), by Rudy Calpo; first-place winner, Big Island category (2010), by Douglas Walch; and finalist in Oahu category (2008), Preston Lillo, (bottom).

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