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Digital Subscriptions > Cottage Life > Winter 2019 > Oh, Snap!

Oh, Snap!

We looked through thousands of your favourite cottage moments, and the results are in for our annual photo contest

Grand Prize

Alisha Neubauer hit the shutter button at just the right moment to get this shot at her trailer park on Pigeon Lake, Ont. Although she planted her son, Mason, and his friend on the dock, she hadn’t asked them to kick around in the water. The droplets she captured using a slow shutter speed take the photo to the next level. Plus, the warm, glowing sunset not only acts as a backlight to help balance this shot, but it also brought us into the moment, making us imagine we were sitting there too. “Everyone was super-pumped about Canada Day,” says Alisha. “We all spent the day running around with the flag and decked out in red and white gear.”

2nd Place WILDLIFE

How can you not love this little guy? When Ivan Vujevic saw a duck family on the rocks while he was kayaking along McKellar Lake, Ont., he had to stop and say hello. He got out of his kayak, wandered over, and snapped away. We usually see a lot of photos of groups of ducks, so our judges loved the intimacy of this shot. The edges of the rocks in the background lead your eye to the duckling’s face. “I like its expression. It kind of looks fearless,” says Ivan. The shallow depth of field creates a sense of space that is calming and quiet; there’s a contrast between the stark landscape and the warm fuzziness of the duck’s feathers. It’s a feeling we don’t often get in wildlife shots. All this might have something to do with Ivan’s timing. “It was sunset, so the light was orange and golden, and that shows up in the duckling’s feathers,” he says.

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Get ready for winter with the new issue of Cottage Life. We’ve got your cold-weather bucket list, complete with 101 things to try, from fun and games to food and drinks, wildlife to wild activities. See the winners of our 2019 photo contest for all the best shots of the year. Take a peek inside a cool little EH-frame to get inspired by how the new young owners freshened it up on a budget. Then, go inside a glacier with adventure-loving B.C. cottagers—it’ll take your breath away. And, if you’re hosting at the cottage over the holidays, we’ve got easy recipes to feed a crowd with an all-hands-on-deck dumpling feast that’s as fun to make as it is tasty. You’ll also find 7 great picks for cottager gifts and plans for a simple sled-gear storage rack you can build yourself. Need some heat? If you’re wondering about the pros and cons of pellet stoves vs. woodstoves, we’ve got the scoop. Plus, we’ve got essential tips for winterizing and storing your batteries and answers to reader questions about appliances in the cold, cottage heating options, and how to cut your electricity costs, as well as what fireworks do to lake water, and whether you can hear the northern lights. Don’t miss the Winter 2019 issue of Cottage Life for the best of the snowy season!