Congratulations 2016 Winners
Jet skiers and boaters on Palm Coast's beautiful waterways, a little girl's teddy bear picnic, beautiful birds, amazing sunsets, children at play, wildlife and lovely park scenes are among the winning images in the Palm Coast Find Your Florida 2016 Photography Contest.
Winners are being awarded gift certificates to local businesses - $200 for first place, $100 for second, $50 for third, $40 for best bird and youth categories, and $10 for honorable mention. Winning photographs can be viewed on the City's website at www.palmcoastgov.com/photocontest. Winning photographers will be recognized at the Aug. 2 Palm Coast City Council meeting, and their photographs will be displayed that evening.
The 2016 winners are:
First Place - "Like a Feather in the Breeze" (Snowy Egret photo) by Steven Sobel
Second Place - "Teddy Bear Picnic" by Rachel Dolezal
Third Place - "People enjoying the Marina" by John A. Pascucci
Best Bird - "Red Shouldered Hawk" by Christopher Lemke
Best Youth - "Baseball Field" by Selena Munoz
Overall Honorable Mentions:
"A Stroll in the Park" by Duane Van Horn
"Beautiful View up Canal" by John A. Pascucci
"Catching Rays" (alligator along the shore) by Duane Van Horn
"Central Park Sunset" by Marcia Jewell
"Colored Spheres…our beautiful Palm Coast sunset Jewel dancing with bubbles and walking our wonderful walk" by Duane Van Horn
"Daddy with Daughter" by Rachel Dolezal
"Good Morning" (sunrise) by Richard Acheson
"Morning Fog" by Richard Acheson
"Protecting the baby…" (alligator with baby) by Gwen McCarthy
Best Bird Honorable Mentions:
"Two Birds" by Emilie Vellarejos
"Egret in Full Mating Plumage" by Gwen McCarthy
"Fore! - Sandhill Cranes Ahead" by Gwen McCarthy
Winners were selected by the City of Palm Coast Brand Plus Team (branding and social media) in blind judging. There were 330 submissions that met the qualifications of the contest, from 102 photographers.
The City held a separate photo contest for employees and their immediate families, as they were not eligible to participate in the public contest. Nine employee photographers submitted 159 photos that met the qualifications of the contest. The winners of that contest were:
First Place - "Arbor Day Fun" by Heather Priestap
Second Place - "Saving a Spot" (Waterfront Park pier) by Tom Hanson
Third Place - "Hungry Squirrel" by Lucy Nabico
Best Bird - "Great Blue Heron in Golden Light" by Lucy Nabico
Overall Honorable Mentions:
"Butterfly hat" by Barbie Bembry
"City Centre Strong" by Tom Hanson
"I (heart) Palm Coast" by Lucy Nabico
"Kayakers" by Lucy Nabico
"Our Finest" (Palm Coast Fire Honor Guard) by Tom Hanson
"River Travel" (Waterfront Park bird sculptures) by Tom Hanson
"Slide Selfie" by Barbie Bembry
"Strongmen" by Barbie Bembry
Best Bird Honorable Mention:
"Sunbathing" (Loggerhead Shrike) by Heather Priestap
Photographs submitted for both contests will be used by the City for marketing, promotional and public relations purposes such as publications, videos and websites to promote the City of Palm Coast.
"We want to thank the 102 participating photographers for sharing their talents and beautiful images with us in the 2016 Find Your Florida Photo Contest," said Cindi Lane, Palm Coast Communications & Marketing Manager. "We look forward to using these photos on the City website, in brochures, on social media and in other ways to promote our beautiful community."
"Our annual photo contest has become a fun family tradition, and this year we received more than 300 excellent photos that showcase what makes Palm Coast special - the people, the natural environment and community spirit," Lane said. "It was very difficult to pick just a few winners. Thank you to everyone who entered!"
For more information, contact Cindi Lane at 386-986-3708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.