Amelia Island is blowing up. Our tiny paradise, just 13 miles long and 4 miles wide, has been garnering quite a bit of (well-deserved) attention from the press lately. For instance, we just played host to the last season of the Golf Channel's Big Break Florida, we were recently featured as one of Travel + Leisure's Favorite American Beach Towns, we took the #5 spot on USA Today's list of 10Best U.S. islands, and we were even mentioned as one of the eleven Florida towns you need to visit by BuzzFeed. It's safe to say that the rest of the world is falling for our Isle of Eight Flags. And what's not to love? With the beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway to one side of us and the shimmering expanse of the Atlantic on the other, it's plain to see what's so enchanting about our little island oasis.
From dawn to dusk, Amelia Island always seems as though she's ready for a photo op. In fact, it's probably safe to assume that most of us, locals and tourists alike, have stood outside the Salty Pelican at some point or another snapping pictures of the sunset with our iPhones (see below).
And enough of you have taken up amateur photography since moving here to form a Facebook group. And why not? The island is ripe with imagery and the opportunities to capture a picture perfect moment are limitless. That's exactly why the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council has decided to host a photo contest. The contest, open to both locals and tourists, features both Amateur and Professional categories along with various photo themes. Each photographer is allowed to submit up to twenty images of their choosing with prizes being awarded to each category and theme and one overall grand winner in each category. Winners will receive over $4,500 in prizes, including cash awards, hotel and bed & breakfast stays, a digital camera, and a $1,000 Amazon gift card. Final winners will be announced in early August and selected winning images will also appear in the fall issue of Atlanta Magazine. Visit here for the full skinny on the Amelia Island Photo Contest. Then dust off that camera lens, get out there and start shooting. But make haste! The contest ends on July 31.
June 11, 2014 -
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