Lots of talented folks residing here have been kind enough to share their work with
Only in Florida’s Facebook page. In 2015, we’ve featured many beautiful photographs that we’ve received. Thanks to everyone who has been sharing their jaw-dropping work with us this year, and we look forward to seeing what next year will bring. The following are some of our all-time favorites from the past year. If you’d like to submit a photo, instructions are provided at the bottom of this article.
1. Thanks to Joyce Connolly for this stunning photo of Flagler Beach.
I love how big the sky is, and how small it makes the person look. I know that's how I feel when I stand out under Florida skies.
2. This sunrise in Lehigh Acres was shot by Rick Mann.
Everything about this photo is perfectly dreamy. Great work, Rick!
3. Joe Semkow sent us this gorgeous photo of sunrise at Vero Beach.
I love how the water looks like liquid gold. Beautiful!
4. Thank you, Joan Sherry-Cute, for sending us this photo from Cocoa Beach.
Isn't it magical when you stumble upon something like this? It's part of what makes Florida so special.
5. Anne Rhyne Niday captured this shot in Sebastian Inlet State Park.
In case you didn't understand what people mean by "emerald waters."
6. Candi Keene submitted this cloudy sunset on Anna Maria Island.
The pastels make this a really dreamy shot.
7. David Scharf captured this scene at Gadsden Park in Tampa.
The reflection makes this stunning photo twice as nice.
8. Thanks to Bobby Greenwell for this shot from Cape Coral.
I love everything about this photo, the colors, silhouette, and the subject matter. This is definitely one of my favorite photos of Florida.
9. Rick Mann captured this sunrise at Harns Marsh in Lehigh Acres.
This lovely photo really looks more like a painting than a photograph. Well done!
10. John Blanco shared this photo of the Port Boca Grande Light on Gasparilla Island.
Florida may be known for its bright colors, but we've received many amazing black and white photos this year.
11. This magical sunset on Lake Trafford near Immokalee was captured by Rick Mann.
12. Rhett Butler captured this sunrise in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.
I think this photograph would make a wonderful Impressionist painting.
13. Beverly Reaume sent us this sunrise captured in Port Saint Lucie.
I love the color and composition here. Great work, Beverly!
14. John Blanco sent us this shot from Gasparilla Pass in Boca Grande.
All I need is a hammock right at this spot, and I'd be set for life.
15. Derek Demeter sent us this photo of the stars over Ft. Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park.
This shot is simply incredible. Everything about this photograph makes you feel like you're really there.
16. Thank you, Fitz Michael, for this shot taken in Hillsborough River State Park.
This is a side of Florida not many people know exists. I hope these photos convince everyone to explore Florida's state parks in 2016!
17. This beautiful morning in Dade City was captured by Samantha Dick.
What a loving portrait, perfectly executed. Great job, Samantha!
18. Rick Mann captured this storm on Lake Trafford near Immokalee, Florida.
Florida has the most lightning in the country. It's a scary thought for most of us, but an amazing opportunity for our nature photographers.
19. Steve Falletti sent in this photo of Exploration Tower in Cape Canaveral.
These colors are simply stunning.
20. Joan Sherry-Cute sent us this shot of a November sunrise in Florida.
These guys look like best friends, watching the sunset. Or maybe I'm just weird.
21. Jeanne Freels Hall took this amazing shot from her kayak in the Keys.
I bet you wish you were there. I know I do.
22. Rhett Butler captured a photo of this oblivious deer in Big Cypress National Preserve.
Winner of the funniest photo we've received in 2015! Thanks for the laugh, Rhett!
We would love to feature more photographs of Florida each week that you’ve submitted! Please send us your best shots of the state; you can email
firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Only in Florida’s Facebook page.