The US Coast Guard Wants Your Vote For The Best Photos Of 2017

March Madness is here and while we’re all focused on our NCAA brackets, the United States Coast Guard is bringing back its bracket-based photo contest with Shutter Shootout 2017. Just like last year’s contest, the US Coast Guard has chosen 64 photos to be unveiled this week, competing bracket style via Facebook “likes” over the coming weeks, with a winner being announced April 14. All 64 of the photos will be unveiled by Friday, but you can check out some of the entries thus far below and then keep up with the progress and vote for your favorites at the USCG Facebook page.

America’s First Light – Beams of light radiate across the night sky from Boston Light, Aug. 8, 2016, in Boston Harbor. The light, emanating from an 1859 Fresnel lens, can be seen up to 27 miles away on clear night. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi.

Good Boy – Petty Officer 1st Class Nicholas Beane, a K-9 handler with the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team, rewards his dog with a chew toy after a training evolution at Joint Reserve Base Ellington, Jan. 25, 2017. The training was to prepare for joint Coast Guard and police sweeps of the Super Bowl 51 stadium and event venues. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin R. Williams.
A Whale of a Tale – Teams from the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies keep a pygmy killer whale hydrated while they prep it for release into the Gulf of Mexico, July 11, 2016. Personnel from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Navy Marine Mammal program and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Cypress also participated in the mammal’s release. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lexie Preston.

America’s Lightkeeper – Sally Snowman, keeper of Boston Lighthouse, lowers the American flag, Aug. 8, 2016, on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor. Boston Light is the last permanently manned Coast Guard lighthouse in the country, and 2016 marks its tricentennial. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi.
Early Bird – One of Air Station Houston’s MH-65D Dolphin helicopters is prepped and ready to go for the day as the sun begins to rise. This helicopter represented the Coast Guard during a live hoist demonstration and a static display alongside a centennial painted MH-60T Jayhawk and a C-130 Hercules during the Wings Over Houston Air Show, which attracted over 100,000 visitors. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Protecting Liberty – A U.S. Coast Guard Station New York boatcrew member looks out toward the Statue of Liberty during Fleet Week New York, near Liberty State Park, May 29, 2016. Station New York supported Fleet Week New York 2016 by providing escorts, security and transferring personnel to their desired location. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Frank Iannazzo-Simmons.
Eyes in the Storm
A U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry pilot from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama, surveys the Apalachicola, Florida, area with night vision goggles for damage caused by Hurricane Hermine, Sept. 2, 2016. Hurricane Hermine, a Category 1 hurricane, was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since 2005 before proceeding up the east coast of the United States. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lexie Preston.
King of the Waters – The Coast Guard Cutter Alder approaches the Portage Lake Lift Bridge in Houghton, Mich., Dec. 16, 2016. The Alder and other Great Lakes Coast Guard cutters commenced Operation Taconite, the Coast Guard’s largest domestic ice-breaking operation, encompassing Lake Superior, the St. Mary’s River, the Straits of Mackinac and Lake Michigan, Dec. 19, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Sequoia Sunset – The sun sets on the Pacific Ocean as seen from a porthole aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia (WLB-215), Aug. 30, 2016. Sequoia is known as the Black Pearl of the Pacific and conducts several of the Coast Guard’s mission in the Western Pacific. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers.
Cadet Talent – Singers, dancers, and musicians participate in the 2016 Cadet Talent Show at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., April 8, 2016. The event is held annually during the Academy’s Eclipse Week. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.
Remembering Pearl Harbor – A Pearl Harbor survivor wipes tears from his eyes during the 75th Commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor at Kilo Pier on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oahu, Dec. 7, 2016. Pearl Harbor survivors, World War II veterans, service members, veterans and civilians came together to remember and pay their respect to those who fought and lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle.
Fisheries Deployment – The USCGC Sequoia (WLB-215) maintains position off the Jinn Hsing Tsai No. 3 in the Philippine Sea while a joint boarding team conducts a boarding of the vessel to enforce fisheries regulations, Sept. 2, 2016. The U.S. Coast Guard and Australian Fisheries Management Authority boarded the vessel to ensure compliance with Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention regulations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers.