Pictures of the Week: Walk on the Wild Side

FLORIDA – Phone cameras make it easy to capture great moments anytime, anytime. Did you take pictures of blooming flowers, kids frolicking on the beach, breathtaking sunsets, dramatic skylines, or a fun shot of the family dogs splashing in the backyard pool?

The Florida Patch sites publish a collection of photos of the week each weekend sent in by readers. Whether you took an incredible photo with your smartphone or spent hours capturing the defining moment on a Nikon D6, send your photos to Tampa Bay Patch Editor Ann White at [email protected] with the location of the photo and the name of the photographer. You might see your photo featured on Patch.

This week, we’re looking at reader photos of some Florida wildlife.

Florida State Parks Photo Contest

Those who love taking photos will have a chance to win a stand-up paddleboard, state parks annual pass, or fire pit when they submit photos to Florida State Parks taken at one of the 175 Florida State Parks, Trails and Historic Sites.

Florida State Parks is launching this year’s annual photo contest, “Explore Florida State Parks.”

“We’ve had tremendous attendance at our parks, and we know that comes with an increasing number of incredible images of our beaches, inland waterways, forests and trails,” said Chuck Hatcher, acting director of Florida State Parks. “To generate more interest in our long-running photo competition, we have improved our prizes and will be adding an honorable mention for each photo category. I am thrilled to see the special memories created while exploring our beautiful parks. “

Submissions will be accepted on the Photo Contest website. The contest is open to all visitors to Florida state parks and the submission period now extends through March 10.

Each entrant may submit up to five photos, one in each of the following categories:

  • Explore nature.
  • Explore new points of view.
  • Explore Parks in motion.
  • Explore the trails.
  • Explore wildlife.

First, second and third place winners will be selected from all submissions by a panel of Florida Department of Environmental Protection employees. The first place winner will receive a Florida State Parks branded stand-up paddle board, Florida State Parks Family Annual Pass or BioLite Fire Pit, valued at $1,000.

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