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2012 Florida State Parks Photo Contest winners announced
2012 Florida State Parks Photo Contest winners announced

Tallahassee, Florida -- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service recently announced the winners of the 2012 Florida State Parks Photo Contest and the first place photo was taken right here in Dunedin at Honeymoon Island State Park by Jose Ramirez. 

Second place went to "Looking Up" by Carmen Welbon at Blue Spring State Park and third place went to John Brown's "Baby Pelican" taken at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

“From the hundreds of amazing photos we received this year, these three photos represent some of the most inspiring sights in our parks,” said DEP’s Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione in a release. “Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to all who entered the contest this year. I look forward to seeing all the beautiful photos we receive in 2013.”

Annual photo contest winners are selected from the 12 monthly photo contest winners throughout 2012 selected by visitors to www.floridastateparks.org. The photographs were evaluated by professional photographers John Moran, Kevin Kolczynski and Lynn Berreitter to determine the top three winners.

For taking the top prize, Ramirez and his family will have free access to any of the Florida State Parks for the year with his Florida State Parks Family Annual Entrance Pass. Carmen Welbon and John Brown both received Florida State Parks Individual Annual Entrance Passes.

The  Florida State Parks and State Trails Photo Contest allows visitors to share their experiences at state parks and on state trails. Register and submit your favorite photos for a chance to win a Florida State Parks Passport. Visit the Photo Contest website for rules and details.

Info and pictures courtesy Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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