Third Place - Driftwood Beach by Eric Stewart. Taken at Seven Mile Point.
Photographers story: This was my first view of Seven Mile Point on my first visit there. I was struck by the tranquility, the beauty of the sand and the water and the graceful curve of the bay. Most of all, however, I was struck by the accumulation of driftwood. It seemed like this is a regional warehouse for the big lake's store of driftwood, waiting to be shipped out to individual beaches up and down the coast as needed. Best "picking" I've ever encountered.
Judge's comments: The rocks and the driftwood on a beautiful day are just what you wish for. The composition of this photo is very nice and is a lovely portrayal of what Seven Mile point means to many.
When asked: What draws you to the Keweenaw? What do you like most?, Eric replied, "I've been vacationing in the UP my whole life, … I love the history, the people, the variety of landscapes and the wonderful food and beer on offer there, but the biggest draw is the most obvious one: Lake Superior. I've seen the lake from Lake Superior Provincial Park to Grand Marais, MN, to Isle Royale and I've crossed it on the Queen, on a sailboat and in an airplane, but there is something special to me about Lake Superior in the Keweenaw. … it's when I'm coming down M-26 into Eagle River or down the cutoff road into Eagle Harbor and get that first glimpse of 'my lake' that I know I'm home."