Palm Coast - An amazing aerial view of Palm Coast's iconic water tower, sailboats at the marina, boaters and kayakers on the Intracoastal Waterway, sunlight breaking through the oaks, beautiful birds and lovely park scenes are among the winning images in the Palm Coast Find Your Florida 2017 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 Winning photographers will be recognized at the Aug. 1 Palm Coast City Council meeting, and their photographs will be displayed that evening.

The 2017 winners are:

First Place - "Dawn at the Marina" by Vicki Payne

Second Place - "Cute Woodkern" by Nikolay Vsevolodov

Third Place - "Palm Coast Riverwalk" by Cynde Baumann

Best Bird - "Beautiful Buccaneer" by Nikolay Vsevolodov

Best Youth - "Flower View" by Zelia Burnett

Overall Honorable Mentions:

  • "Our Iconic Palm Coast Water Tower" by William Clark
  • "There's Always Time for Fun Here" by Sharon Behl
  • "Sailboat Sunrise at Palm Coast Marina" by Cynde Baumann
  • "Boating" by Teresa Johns
  • "Bobcat" by Charles Corsitto
  • "Surprise" by Joan Twing
  • "Compact World" by Nikolay Vsevolodov

Best Bird Honorable Mentions:

  • "Early Morning Visitor" by Kelly Hay
  • "Osprey Flying High" by Sally Crawford

Best Youth Honorable Mention:

  • "Lake" by Garret Hunter

Winners were selected by the City of Palm Coast Brand Plus Team (branding and social media) in blind judging. There were 391 submissions that met the qualifications of the contest, from 79 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. Six employee photographers submitted entries. The winners of that contest were:

First Place - "July 4th"by Tom Hanson

Second Place - "Arbor Day Fun" by Heather Priestap

Third Place - "Landing Zone" by Tom Hanson

Best Bird - "Egret After a Bath" by Tom Hanson

Overall Honorable Mentions:

  • "Frosted Dawn" by Tom Hanson
  • "Kayaking The Intracoastal" by Lucy Nabico
  • "Gopher Tortoise" by Lucy Nabico
  • "Good Times on the Trails" by Tom Hanson
  • "Morning Flight" by Tom Hanson
  • "Arbor Day Butterflies" by Heather Priestap
  • "Going for a Ride" by Rose Conceicao

Best Bird Honorable Mentions:

  • "Heron in the Water" by Lucy Nabico
  • "Wood Stork over Waters Canal" by Tom Hanson

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 85 participating photographers for sharing their talents and beautiful images with us in the 2017 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 400 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

2017 Photo Contest Winners

1st Place - Vicki Payne - Dawn at the Marina 2nd Place - Nikolay Vsevolodov - Cute Woodkern 3rd Place - Cynde Baumann - Palm Coast Riverwalk Youth 1st Place  - Zelia Burnett - Flower View Youth HM - Garret Hunter - Lake Best Bird - Nikolay Vsevolodov - Beautiful Buccaneer Best Bird HM - Kelly Hay - Early Morning Visitor Best Bird HM - Sally Crawford - Osprey Flying High HM - William Clark - Our Iconic Palm Coast Watertower HM - Sharon Behl - There's Always Time for Fun Here HM - Cynde Baumann - Sailboat at Sunrise HM - Teresa Johns - Boating HM - Charles Corsitto - Bobcat HM - Joan Twing - Surprise HM - Nikolay Vsevolodov - Compact World

2017 Employee Photo Contest Winners

1st Place - Tom Hanson - July 4th 2nd Place - Heather Priestap - Arbor Day Fun 3rd Place - Tom Hanson - Landing Zone Best Bird 1st - Tom Hanson - Egret After a Bath Best Bird HM - Lucy Nabico - Heron in the Water Best Bird HM - Tom Hanson - Wood Stork over Waters Canal HM - Tom Hanson - Frosted Dawn HM - Lucy Nabico - Kayaking the Intracoastal HM - Lucy Nabico - Gopher Tortoise HM - Tom Hanson - Good Times on the Trails HM - Tom Hanson - Morning Flight HM - Heather Priestap - Arbor Day Fun HM - Rose Conceicao - Going for a Ride