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The winning photographs below are for the Spring 2017 entry period, which ran April–June 2017.

Visit the State Forest Photo Contest page for more winners.

Overall Winner

PHOTO Title: A Glimpse of Beauty
Photographer: Paige Spence
Location:  Okaloacoochee State Forest

A Relaxing Paddle

Paige Spence was vacationing in South Florida in March and had learned about the Trailwalker program.  Her and her boyfriend visited Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest with the intention to log some trails and miles.  “We stopped to walk along the boardwalk before the Tram Loop and that's when I noticed the beautiful wildflowers in bloom,” Paige explains.  “The site of the various levels of the forest, from wildflowers to palmettos to pine trees, was a perfect portrait scene.”

Paige used a Nikon D3200 camera with a Nikkor 18-55mm wide angle lens to capture this photo. 

Congratulations Paige!  

These photographs received top photograph honors for their respective categories...


PHOTO Title: Two Gators
Photographer: Ann Hopta
Location:  Withlacoochee State Forest

Two Gators


PHOTO Title: A Great Afternoon
Photographer: Ann Hopta
Location:  Withlacoochee State Forest

A Great Afternoon


PHOTO Title: Growing Strong
Photographer: Paige Spence
Location:  Myakka State Forest

Growing Strong


PHOTO Title: Airplant
Photographer: Jimmy Roberts
Location: Picayune Strand State Forest


Space, Solitude, and Self-Reliance