“Krista Elliot of North Port, Florida entered this photo of her daughter Peyton into our photo contest. Krista explains, “her daughter wanted
to do a sunrise photo shoot with one of her horses she loves. We got to see her love and passion for these beautiful animals on full display thanks to photographer, Margo Tomaszewska of Excellence Images in Sarasota. The photographer shot her image in Venice, Florida, using a Canon R5. Krista Elliott entered it.

Photo by: Margo Tomaszewska
Photo by: Jessica Page

‘HIDDEN GEM’                                                                                                                            “On December 12 (2021), this hidden gem flashed her vast array of colors, just long enough for me to snap this shot. Can’t fail to mention the pier,
which seems to lead you into a mirroring effect from the calming Saint Joseph Bay waters.” Jessica Page of Clarksville, Florida, took her photo at Windmark Beach in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, using a Canon 6D Mark II.

‘BOSS LADY’                                                                                                                                “Fearless and like a boss, Lara was happy to strut her stuff in the shallow water at the beach. While visiting with family in from Las Vegas, she was more than happy to show off how happy she was to be out of the desert. This image was typical for her and her siblings during the trip to paradise.” Mike Monlezun of Jacksonville caught this image in Founder’s Park Beach, Islamorada, using a Nikon D750.

Photo by: Mike Monlezun
Photo by: LeeAnn Albritton

‘GREAT ENCOUNTER’’                                                                                                             “Our grandson Layton loves spending a lot of time outside on our family farm. This particular day Sarah, Layton’s mom and I were outside enjoying
our beautiful Florida sunshine when this beautiful butterfly took a fancy to Layton’s cute face and decided to hang around. It was a great encounter with nature.” LeeAnn Albritton of Sarasota, Florida, shot her image using an iPhone 12.

‘BEEN BLESSED’’                                                                                                                   “Florida sunsets are beautiful; you cannot go wrong. For 20 years I have been blessed to be able to see a Florida sunset … and this one was very stunning. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.” St. Augustine’s Amanda Griffis shot her portrait under the SR 206 Bridge in St. Johns County using a Canon Rebel T7.

Photo by: Amanda Griffis

‘LASTING MEMORY’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “M y grandfather was an avid self-taught photographer. When he retired from Police Chief of Lake Wales, Florida, photography was one of his favorite hobbies. He loved to capture Florida wildlife at different parks, reserves, roadsides or even in his backyard. He took this photo in his backyard canal in Lake Wales, Florida.” —Madison Helm; The late Gary Helm of Lake Wales, Florida shot this photo on his Canon PowerShot SX60 HS.

Photo by: The late Gary Helm

‘BEAUTIFUL SCENE’                                                                                                                  “O n a recent visit to Titusville, I visited a few sites on the wildlife refuge to photograph scrub jays and roseate spoonbills. When I finished up, I pulled off to an old instrument site near the space shuttle landing facility to catch the setting sun and was treated to this beautiful scene. I love to travel around the state to capture and share the beauty of our natural and historical areas.” Jeff Talbert of Argyle, Florida, shot his image in Titusville, Florida, using a Canon EOS R. @jefftalbertphotography on Instagram

Photo by: Jeff Talbert
Photo by: Tori Walker

‘HEART WARMER’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Nothing beats capturing moments like this — the unscripted, true emotions. This is a photo of my son Trevor loving on a brahman calf, at only 2½
years old. He has spent his entire life watching momma do photoshoots of other children with animals. It warms my heart to see that he has developed a natural love for animals at such a young age. It’s a passion that I am very grateful to be able to share with him.” Tori Walker of Mulberry, Florida, captured this image using a Canon R6.

Photo by: Karen Quinn

‘COWBOY UP!’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “During his photography session, Westyn showed off some of his roping skills. He is four years old, likes to deer hunt, and loves his family, his dog and
his horse.” Karen Quinn of Bristol, Florida, shot her portrait at the Bar R Ranch in Marianna, Florida, using a Nikon D500.