The winners of the 2013 Florida State Parks Photo Contest have been announced by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service. Evaluated and selected by a panel of professional photographers from the 12 monthly photo contest winners throughout 2013, the winning photographs depict the natural beauty found in Florida's state parks. Monthly contest winners are chosen by public votes on the Florida Park Service's website.
Photographed at Bahia Honda State Park, the First Place award went to Gary Oliver for his photograph of a tranquil beach scene at sunset titled Back to the Island. Bahia Honda State Park is one of Florida's southernmost state parks where visitors can stroll beautiful beaches and swim, snorkel and fish in the surrounding water. Camping and picnicking facilities are offered, as well. Oliver received six day passes for winning the September 2013 monthly contest and will receive a Florida State Parks Family Annual Entrance Pass for his First Place win in the annual contest.
Both the Second and Third Place awards will go to Pricilla McDaniel for photographs she took at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. Her winning photographs were titled Caspian Terns and A Guest While Eating My Lunch. She received six day passes for each monthly win and will enjoy a Florida State Parks Individual Annual Pass for her wins in the yearly contest.
“Each year, we receive hundreds of amazing photos taken at Florida’s state parks and state trails. Each one inspires us to visit our state parks to enjoy our incredible natural and cultural resources,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgion in a recent press release. “Congratulations to the winners and all who entered the contest. I look forward to seeing all the beautiful photos we receive in 2014.”
The 2014 photo contest is already underway with a whimsical photograph by Karen Gamble titled Starfish Walking Back to Gulf captured at Lover's Key State Park winning the January contest.
Entry details, forms and monthly contest images, those open for voting and archived past contests, are available at the Florida State Park Photo Contest website. Contest images may be downloaded for desktop wallpaper, as well.