In an effort to encourage people to wear a face mask, Congressman Charlie Crist and people in his office came up with the idea for a Pinellas Homemade Mask Contest in July.
Nearly 50 people sent in their homemade creations. Voting happened online and ran through Aug. 4.
More than 2,000 people voted. According to a news release from Rep. Crist’s office, the results were close. But the winner was Janna Kennedy Hyten, who created an intricate, sculptural scene of a fancy couple at the opera.
Since the results were so close, four runners up were also announced.
Aleisha Prather made a full face mask that looks like a bird.
Tia Lofton brought on the bling with her dazzling mask.
Amy Ilic-Vope showed off her embroidery skills with an intricately woven pattern on her mask.
And Daniel Harris’s mask with a pocket is the intersection of fashion and function.