Pete and Al in Montara, Calif., at sunset.
John's take: "This is paradise found. Too bad now everyone will know where to find it! I look at this photo and just want to sit on that dock and not worry about when the next snow is going to fall. I don't want to look at the ugly, dirt-covered snow piles. This photo is hot like a Paris Hilton hot. Mr. Kaplan's photo makes me jealous. I want to look out to infinity at the golden sun setting over the crashing waves. There were many photos that I looked at that almost won. But Kaplan's photo best captured the theme of the contest. The composition is perfect. The color and hue of the photo are spectacular. And it makes you feel warm. It's a winner."
Located in the heart of historic Back Bay, the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers is one of Boston's most recognized and renowned landmarks. Winner receives a two-night stay.
John Tlumacki has been a staff photographer at the Boston Globe since 1981. There's not much he hasn't covered, including three Winter Olympics, several Super Bowls, and the fall of the Berlin Wall, for which he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. When on assignment shooting icebergs in the North Atlantic, he had the opportunity to fly an Air Force C-135. He crashed in a hot-air balloon race that took off from Foxborough when the basket hit the top of a tall pine tree off Interstate 95. He also took the last known photo of fugitive Whitey Bulger wearing a white Red Sox baseball cap. John is a graduate of Boston University, magna cum laude from the College of Communication. He resides on the South Shore with his wife, Debra.