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Mexico Beach Photography Contest winners

By Tim Croft
The Star

In spite of all the turmoil that surrounds, somehow photographers capture this local paradise in all its glory. 

Winners in the 2020 Mexico Beach Photography Contest were announced last week, with the top three photos selected in six categories. 

Particularly striking was the number of winning photos from visitors or tourists, from Oklahoma to Iowa to Georgia. 

“We would like to thank everyone who participated,” said Kimberly Shoaf, executive director of the Mexico Beach Community Development Council. 

“The judges reviewed all entries and we are delighted to announce this year’s winners. 

Shoaf said all photos were displayed for viewing at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center with the first-place photographs on display until Tuesday. 

“All photographs will be released to the photographers after this date and no photographs will be mailed back,” Shoaf said, adding those photos not claimed by Oct. 1 will be released over to the Mexico Beach Welcome Center at its disposal.  

“Again, thank you all for participating and entering,” Shoaf said. “We hope you will continue to capture Mexico Beach through your ‘eyes’ and enter next year.”!  

The winners:  

Around Mexico Beach: 1. Allison Harden- Ellenwood, GA; 2. Tommy Hagey- Nashville, TN; 3. Casey Bramlett- Alto, GA  

The winning photo for "Around Mexico Beach" by Allison Harden

Sunrise & Sunset: 1. Sean Pridgeon- Port St. Joe; 2. Bill Fauth- Mexico Beach; 3. Casey Bramlett- Alto, GA  

The winner in Sunrise and Sunset from Sean Pridgeon

Fishing & Boating: 1. Bill Fauth- Mexico Beach; 2. Terrie Johnson- Caro, GA; 3. Nancy Walker- Clear Lake, Iowa 

Winner in the Boating and Fishing category by Bill Fauth

People: 1. Sean Pridgeon- Port St. Joe; 2. Amy Miller- Sapulpa, OK; 3. Nancy Walker- Clear Lake, Iowa 

Winner in the People category from Sean Pridgeon

Flora & Animal Life: 1. Bill Fauth- Mexico Beach; 2. Cathy Stewart- Mexico Beach; 3. Ellen Lail- Atlanta, GA 

Winner in the Animal and Flora category by Bill Fauth

The Beaches:  1. Gloria Sanchez- Mexico Beach; 2. Bill Fauth- Mexico Beach; 3. Miky Lee Turrill- Warne, NC 

First place in the Beaches category from Gloria Sanchez