Photo contest finalists

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For the last several months, we decorated the outside of our cubicle walls with more than 100 photographs of boats, seabirds, sunsets, smiling kids and much more. This bounty of images came from you, our readers, as part of our "Real Boats, Real Boaters Photo Contest."

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What started as a trickle eventually filled more than eight large cubicle panels. We looked at the images daily. Despite less-than-ideal spring and summer weather in the Northeast and beyond, you clearly made the most of it. Thanks for sharing those moments with us.

One afternoon, we spread copies of all the photos on the floor. We studied them, discussed the merits of various shots, picked one up, put it back down, picked up another. The next day, we laid them out on a large conference room table and put sticky notes on our favorites. We debated our choices, lobbied for our favorites and eventually came to a consensus.

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Click play to see our photo contest finalists.

The selection jury consisted of our art director, three editors and me. We picked a Grand Prize winner; First Place, Second Place, and Third Place winners; and a cover winner. In the slideshow here, we've included a selection of images that made our final cut. The winners are featured in our upcoming January issue, along with a Fan Favorite and several runners up.

We hope the photographs inspire you to take more photos when you're on the water. And don't forget to send us your favorites. We're always looking to publish the best images we can find.

Enjoy the show.

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