April marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but for the nature-loving photographers on these pages, the natural environment is celebrated every day. An impressive 325 photographs flooded our in-box when we put out the call for entries in our readers’ contest, and three exceptional judges— Florida Artists Hall of Fame wilderness photographer Clyde Butcher, Ringling College of Art and Design photography professor Sally Pettibon and Florida Gulf Coast photographer and author Mary Lou Johnson—accepted the task of choosing the winners. The photos show the beauty and richness of our Southwest Florida environment and the talent of the photographers who capture it. “The images for this photo competition were fantastic,” Butcher told us. “It was hard to choose who I thought was the best, but I’m thankful that we have so many wonderful photographers in Florida.”
Congratulations to all our winners and finalists.