McKee Botanical Garden announces 17th annual Waterlily Photo Contest winners

news release

On Friday, June 17, 54 beautiful photos submitted by residents and beyond were judged during the 17th Annual Waterlily Celebration at McKee Botanical Garden. Judges selected a first, second and third place winner, as well as an honorable mention in the following adult categories (Color, Black and White, and Manipulated).  A Youth category for photographers 17 and under was also judged and a 1st and2nd place winner was chosen.  During the Annual Waterlily Celebration on June 18, the public was given the opportunity to cast their vote for the “People’s Choice” award. 

1st Place Youth and First Summer Rain by Lee Ann Duda – People’s Choice Award

The list of winners include:

People’s Choice Winner – “First Summer Rain” by Lee Anne Duda, St. Petersburg


1ST PLACE:  “Bees Courting Lotus” by Paul Austin, Palm Bay

2ND PLACE:  “Lily Still” by Sarah Parker, Port St. Lucie

3RD PLACE:  “Pink Charm” by G. Lee Benson, Vero Beach

HONORABLE MENTION:  “Untitled” by Kerri Cunningham, Indiantown


1ST PLACE:   “White Ice” by G. Lee Benson, Vero Beach

2ND PLACE:  “Full Bloom” by John Misiag, Vero Beach

3RD PLACE:  “The Beauty of Stillness” by Amy Dyson, Vero Beach

HONORABLE MENTION:  “King Lily” by Billy Ocker, Vero Beach


1ST PLACE:  “Stained Glass Lotus” by Amy Dyson, Vero Beach

2ND PLACE:  “Fireworks” by Margaret Ryan, Vero Beach

3RD PLACE:  “Twins” by Doreen McGunagle, Lake Worth Beach

HONORABLE MENTION:  “Inner Glow” by Mike Stewart, Vero Beach


1ST PLACE: “A Visitor” by Alexander Fuller, Vero Beach

2ND PLACE:  “Twin Beauty” by Walter DeMont, Charlestown, MA

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