Photo Recap: Our “Best of 2017” Photo Contest Finalists


Our second-place shot of a tailing redfish, came from Jamey Price, a.k.a. saltfresh.

A few people have commented that they’d like to see all the finalists for our “Best of 2017” Photo Contest again, since they were included in the voting poll that is now closed. So here they are, in all their glory. Click the photographer’s name to go to his website or Instagram feed.  And don’t forget that you can see all the entries (all 1,946 of them), by clicking here.

Congratulations to all who were chosen; all received plenty of votes in the end.


The votes were spread pretty widely among the finalists.

Andy Bennett‘s image of a fall cutthroat captured both worlds beautifully.

Geoffrey Hill‘s shot of the frightening maw of a Colorado kokanee elicited some fun comments.

Ryan Forbus captured the beauty of first light on a fall morning in North Carolina.

Steve Longfield‘s computer blew up, but he managed to salvage this great brown-trout image.

The starkness of winter fishing was the subject of this beautiful image by Arian Stevens.

I love the lighting in this shot by Ryan Rodgers, a.k.a. ghostwatersc.

Tony Nolan‘s photo offers an unusual perspective of a dry-fly-eating brook trout.

Owen Ward‘s shot of battling a New England rainbow makes you feel the fish’s power.

And, again, here’s our winner, Esopus Creel, a.k.a. Todd Spire.

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