Jupiter, Florida - The 3rd Annual Loxahatchee River Photography Contest showcased over 140 incredible images. From wild animal portraits submitted to the Busch Wildlife category, to striking florals and breathtaking river scenes, the images evoked the very reasons this beloved river has become the threadwork of our community.
On April 13, contest participants and members of the public gathered for an exhibition of the fantastic submissions and an exciting unveiling of the winners.
Grand Prize was awarded to Bryan Clark for "Manatee Portrait."
First Place Winners were Christa Halstead "Surreal" for Human Dimensions; Edward Butzin "Cooling Off" for Fauna and "I'm NOT Happy" for Busch Wildlife; and Lisa Morse "Ferny Oak" for Flora.
In the 17 years-old and younger entries, First Place Winners were Cameron Ennis "Mutual Bond" for Human Dimensions; Bryan Pepper "A Splash of Color" for Fauna and "Red Tree-O" for Busch Wildlife; Chris Catoe "Pink Hibiscus" for Flora.
The grand prize included $300 and a workshop with award-winning photo journalist and acclaimed nature photographer John J. Lopinot. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category were also awarded great prizes donated by local businesses, including paddleboard certificates from Jupiter Pointe Paddling and passes to the Palm Beach Zoo.
The Loxahatchee River Photography Exhibition will be on display at the River Center throughout the month of April. The River Center is located in Burt Reynolds Park on US 1 just north of Indiantown Road in Jupiter and is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (805 N US 1, Jupiter, FL 33477)
This photography contest is made possible by the Loxahatchee River District and its entities. The Loxahatchee River District is responsible for preserving and protecting the Loxahatchee River through innovative waste water management, research, and education. For more information about the Loxahatchee River District and the River Center, please visit www.loxahatcheeriver.org or call (561) 743-7123.