People’s Choice – Coast Guard Photo Contest

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2010 Photo Contest

The pictures for this year’s Photo Contest are in and the results are impressive! Throughout 2010, Coast Guard men and women from around the world captured remarkable photographs of maritime security missions, joint interagency operations, international exercises, and routine training evolutions to take you behind the scenes of life in the U.S. Coast Guard.

With more than 600 images submitted for this year’s contest and only four chosen as overall winners, many of these pictures will not get the recognition they deserve. So, while the “official” judges spend the next couple of months huddled over light boxes and pondering pixels, we’re asking you to help us determine the “People’s Choice.”

We have selected 40 of the best photos submitted to share with you. Every Monday over the next eight weeks, we will post a set of five pictures.

To make your vote count on this blog, just click on the picture(s) you like and post a positive comment.  You can also click on the link to the image in the Flickr photo set and leave your comment there. It’s your choice… your “People’s Choice.”

Below is the first set of photos for your consideration…

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Furling the Eagle
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle work to take in the sails as the ship heads to Corpus Christi, Texas, July 2, 2010. Crewmen work in the rigging nearly 100 feet above the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

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Hovering bird
HUMBOLDT BAY, Calif. – An MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Humboldt Bay hovers during high seas surf training. Crews from Group Humboldt Bay were underway for the filming of a Military Channel program – Dangerous Jobs – featuring Coast Guard rescue swimmers. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Todd Vorenkamp.

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Vessel boarding
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Members of Maritime Safety and Security Team 91103, located in San Pedro, Calif., board and clear a vessel off the coast of Long Beach as part of an exercise to hone the team's tactical skills March 13, 2010. The week-long training, administered by the Mobile Training Team, is completed quarterly. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

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Waiting for a ride
AFGHANISTAN – Petty Officer 2nd Class Benjamin J. Kiger, a storekeeper, surveys the landing zone as a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter lands to transport his team. Kiger, a reservist, is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Redeployment Assistance & Inspection Detachment (RAID) team. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. James Cullen.

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Coast Guard divers
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Bjornberg and Petty Officer 2nd Class Adonis Kazouris, maritime enforcement specialists at the Regional Dive Locker East in Portsmouth, Va., prepare for a training dive. Moments later, the divers took a 10-foot jump off the pier into the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Foucha.

Tune in next Monday for the second set!

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