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Temple Terrace Man Wins County's Calendar Photo Contest

Hillsborough County's natural beauty is highlighted in a 2013 calendar via photographs from local artists.

A Temple Terrace man has won a Hillsborough County calendar photo contest.

George L. Veazey III's photo of a bobcat received the most public votes for inclusion in the 2013 Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP) calendar. Amateur and professional photographers of all ages were invited to submit photos portraying the natural beauty of the county's 60 ELAPP sites.

The 187 submitted photos were posted on the county’s Facebook page and residents had an opportunity to vote for their favorite photos.

The top 34 vote-getters were then reviewed by a panel of judges who made the final selection for the calendar.

Veazey's bobcat photo is featured in the calendar along with 25 other photos.

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Veazey actually has eight photos in the calendar—the cover photo and the months of February, April, May, July, September, November and December. For having the photo with the most votes, Veazey will receive a private canoe tour of Cockroach Bay Preserve.

A lifelong Hillsborough County resident, Veazey worked for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for 35 years, retiring in 2006. He said he fell in love with photography while he was a student at the University of South Florida, working on the yearbook staff.

After retiring from the sheriff's office, he pursued his photography in earnest, focusing on the county's native wildlife and natural resources.

His works are on display at The Art Lounge Gallery, 119 E. Reynolds St., Plant City.

Other winning photos were taken by Donna Bollenbach of Valrico, featured in January; Robert Heath of Riverview, featured in March and June; Mariella Smith of Ruskin, featured in August; and Herman Cook of Valrico, featured in October. These winners will receive a Tampa Bay pontoon boat tour.

The free 2013 ELAPP calendar is available at these locations:

Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department

  • Administration, 10119 Windhorst Road in Tampa
  • Bell Creek Office, 10940 McMullen Road in Riverview
  • Cockroach Bay Preserve Office, 3709 Gulf City Road in Ruskin
  • Lake Frances Preserve Office, 10225 Woodstock Road in Odessa

Hillsborough County Center

  • Communications & Digital Media Services Department, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. First Floor, in Tampa

Public Utilities Department Customer Service Centers

  • Northwest, 15610 Premiere Drive (off Northdale Boulevard, one block west of Dale Mabry Highway)
  • South - Central - Brandon Support Operations Complex, 332 N. Falkenburg Road

For more information, call Conservation Services at 813-672-7876.

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