Spirit of Sarasota

By ericg May 1, 2009

How do you see Sarasota? We have a pretty good idea after poring over the submissions in our second annual “Spirit of Sarasota” photography contest. You sent us beautiful beachscapes, tropical-hued buildings, haunting inland swamps, downtown landmarks, delicate flowers and wild creatures. And you sent us people—of every color, age and condition, celebrating, reflecting relating—or just looking really, really cute. The photos came from all over the country (thank you, visitors and snowbirds), although our top three winners happen to be right from right here in Sarasota. Thanks to all of you who entered and to photographer William Speer for helping our editors and art directors with the judging. To see more images, go to the “Spirit of Sarasota” photo contest at



1st place

“Peace and Love”

Jennifer Balcom

2nd place

“New Pass Bait Shop”

Barnet Sack



3rd place

“Cast Off”

Michel Foster

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