1st Place Feature Picture Story: Aileen Devlin, Daily Press– Tangier Island: An Island Paradise Threatened by Sea Level Rise.
Located 12 miles into the Chesapeake Bay, Tangier Island is a culturally unique fishing community. Rapidly eroding shoreline and a rising seal level, due to climate change, puts the island at risk to be underwater within the next 50 years. If nothing is done, Virginia will lose its last inhabited island in the bay.
Rudy Shores, left, waves to a passing boat while he works from his shanty in the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 10. Local watermen make a living crabbing for Chesapeake blue crab in the summer and oysters in the winter.