The Coast Guard Photo Contest 2010 has started!

The Coast Guard’s 2010 People’s Choice photo contest is currently underway and the first five of the overall 40 are quite impressive (much like last year). If this is the caliber of photos we can expect for all 40 this is might be a little hard to choose… Nonetheless we’ll have to do this one week at a time; this week the Compass gives us the rules which are fairly straight forward: the photo with the most comments wins. So here are the first five entries into the game for 40; click on the image to go directly to that photo’s comment/voting page.

Remember that the photo with the most comments wins.

This first photo is my favorite thus far (not bad for week one)…

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 by Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Foucha.

AFGHANISTAN – Petty Officer 2nd Class Benjamin J. Kiger, a storekeeping, 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.

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.

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.

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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