Grads photo contest winners captured great moments
After vigorous debate and agonizing consideration, 5 editors chose the winner in tampabay.com's Grads Photo Contest. We asked Tampa Bay readers to share their creative graduation photos and we received more than 60 fun, touching, emotional pictures.
Two winners will get $200 gift cards for Tampa's new IKEA store.
On the right is the winner chosen by St. Petersburg Times editors. Stacie Selover submitted her photo with this caption: Daniel Selover is all smiles as he shares a hug with his big sister, Stephanie, after the ceremony at Springstead High School on June 4. For a large format view of the winner, go to our All Eyes photo blog.
In choosing this photo, education editor Marilyn Garateix said:
"They bring you into their world in that moment. And they both have great smiles!"
Our readers' choice winner is Devon Pryor, above, who graduated from Northeast High School. Pryor's picture scored 553 votes on her photo.
Pryor's sister Melissa McMinn submitted Devon's photo for the contest, and both of them spread the word to friends via e-mail and MySpace pages.
Pryor, who plans to start at St. Petersburg College in the fall, said "It's cool just to win. And it will be cool to shop at IKEA."
The judges had such a tough time choosing the winner, we decided to choose a runner-up -- Jumping for Joy -- and IKEA was generous enough to offer a goodie bag for this entry. In the photo, St. Petersburg Catholic High School graduates Megan Swaine, David Babb and Lyndsey McKenna celebrate outside St. Jude Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Tracey Swaine submitted the photo.
"The lighting is good in the photo and they got it at just the right moment," said senior photo editor Sherman Zent. "There's a real feeling of exuberance."
*The five Times judges were Zent; Garateix; photo/multimedia coordinator Ted McLaren; T. Allan Smith, a tampabay.com editor and myself, Karen McAllister.