Check out our 39 finalists—narrowed from more than 600 submissions—and help choose our 2018 Readers’ Choice Winner! Vote once daily from August 1-15. The Top 12 will move on to the final voting round, and the Readers’ Choice winner will be announced in the October issue and receive a $200 prize. Scroll down to view the finalists, then submit your vote in the fields below.



510 King Street
Stephen Blackmon
An architectural detail of Morris Sokol Furniture’s warehouse
After the Storm
Justin Falk
Crosby’s Seafood last summer
Baby Back
Karen Snow
Mother and child at Magnolia Plantation’s Audubon Swamp Garden
Beach Walkway
Jackie Levesque
A moody winter day on Sullivan’s Island
Blue Boat in Fog
Patrick O'Brien
Heading out under the Stono River Bridge on an October morning
Bowens Island Sunset
Alexander Ilg
The end of day last November captured with a drone positioned near the beloved seafood eatery
Chalmers’ Crepe Myrtle
Raymond Colin Murray
An early summer morning on Chalmers Street
Dine & Dash
Chrissy Coluccio
An egret takes off after catching some minnows in Shem Creek.
Double Wonder
Sarah Boyd
A double rainbow over Guerins Bridge Road in Awendaw
Early Morning Drama
Patrick O'Brien
Clouds, sun, and tidal pools on Kiawah Island
Fog Light
Raymond Colin Murray
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church on a misty night
Frank the Egret
Chrissy Coluccio
Named by the locals, “Frank” the great egret at one of his regular haunts, the pier at Shem Creek Park
Ghost Crab & Bird
Jackie Levesque
An opportune moment at Breach Inlet off of Sullivan’s Island
Glory Above
Sarah Boyd
The ceiling of the Unitarian Church on Archdale Street
Harbor Delight
Jonathan Lyon
Shrimp boat and Battery sunset
Kerrin Deretchin
A blue heron preening itself at Magnolia Plantation
Daniel Villanueva
A sea turtle changed her mind on a nesting spot on Bulls Island.
Into the Mist
Kathy Zolman
A foggy day under the Folly Pier
Jackie Levesque
After a heavy rain during a king tide on Sullivan’s Island
Milky Way on Kiawah
Jed Christoph
A beautiful night for Barrier Island Ocean Rescue
Peanut Run
Ken Schaub
Timbo’s on Ashley River Road just after a June rainstorm
Ready for Battle
LeeAnn Neumann
A flock of seagulls on Folly Beach
Rod Pasibe
A cadet catches the flag as it is lowered during the Retreat Ceremony of The Citadel’s Corps Day Parade.
William Jarrett
The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge through the sunroof
Sailboats at Rest
Patrick O'Brien
St. John's Marina on the Stono River
Sea of Spartina
Michael Habat
Spying the Charleston Light across the marsh from the Pitt Street Bridge
September Sunset
Cynthia Clyburn
The photographer’s last stroll along Pitt Street Bridge before moving to Philadelphia
Shem Creek Whiteout
Russell Schindler
Pelicans weather the snowstorm on January 3, 2018.
Somber Sunrise
Sarah Boyd
A foggy morning on Guerin Creek near Wando
Split Screen
Jonathan Varnell
A December afternoon downtown
Denise Puciaty
A close-up of a beached starfish on Kiawah Island
Taylor Franta
The Milky Way over Edisto Beach last April
Stella Sunset
Cooley Walters
Goldendoodle Stella frolicking in the evening sun on Isle of Palms
Stormy Marsh
Susan Montanaro
The calm before the storm over Shark Hole Creek off the Stono River
Amy Mays
A girl paddles her dogs past the Pitt Street Bridge.
The Battery
Taylor Franta
The tip of the peninsula in November, taken from a kayak
The Isle
Owen Jackson
A 30-second exposure of the Milky Way over a private island off the Stono River
What Lies Ahead
Allyson Muller
A winter morning in the Francis Marion National Forest
Where Ocean Meets the Sand
Patrick O'Brien
An aerial view of Kiawah Island’s north end

Charleston magazine’s annual Photo Contest returns to provide a stunning visual showcase of the Lowcountry through the lens of both pro and amateur photographers. The process is simple: amateur and professional photographers submitted up to five images on our website. All photos were reviewed by a panel of judges, and the top picks were featured in the August 2018 issue. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners in the professional and amateur categories. The winner of the Readers’ Choice award will be determined through two online voting rounds: from August 1-15, viewers may vote for their favorites every day among the 39 finalists and honorable mentions; the top 12 picks move on to the second round, and viewers may vote every day from August 16-31. The Readers’ Choice Award will be announced in the October 2018 “Talk of the Town” department and will receive a cash prize.