Here are the winners of the 2017 Cottage Life photo contest

You captured some amazing moments— 6,169 to be exact! Presenting the winners of our 28th annual photo contest!

Each year, we receive thousands of entries, and your photos continue to surprise and delight us. Everyone has a camera in their pocket these days, with the ability to automatically adjust to lighting and movement, or combine several photos into one great shot.

“My measure of success is asking, ‘Do I wish I took this photo?’ If the answer is yes, you know it’s a strong shot,” says Cottage Life photographer and contest judge Paul Orenstein. We love seeing the unique aspects of cottage and cabin life in your photos, but also the commonalities that bind all cottagers together.