Navarre Press staff combed through hundreds of nominations before narrowing it down to our top 12. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
“This photo was taken by me at the nesting area on Navarre Beach Causeway. I got lucky with this photo for sure. We parked and watched the skimmers a bit. I saw the mommy had two babies and they kept coming in and out from under their mother. After a while, they came out again and just snuggled up to their mom. It was a sweet and tender moment. We as humans can learn a lot from these little guys.”
"This photo with taken on the Santa Rosa Sound at sunset on 11/12/21 with the sailboat owner’s permission. Taken just outside of Juana’s Pagodas on a walk with my daughters!"
“It was taken the day before Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana (Aug. 28) and the surf was up considerably. My wife and I were walking pier at the time, and we could see a big pod of dolphins playing around in the waves. So, I got out my camera and tried to get some photos of them. I was pretty happy with how this one turned out.”
“This was taken by me, Kati Berg at Navarre Beach Thursday, June 24. I go to the beach a lot and I was walking down the beach like I normally do. As I was walking, I saw two crabs holding claws and walking, almost like they were dancing around. They ‘danced’ and held ‘hands’ for over 10 minutes. It was a super rare moment. Usually, crabs run away any time you get close to them. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
“Storm just before sunrise from the beach bridge. I was on my way to a job site in Destin. I stopped to take some pictures of the lightning on top of the Navarre Beach Causeway and saw the sun was just peeking out over the Gulf with storms to the north. It was a pretty awesome viewpoint to see the bolts from that high up and walked away with a cool pic.”
“This image was from one of my first sessions out at Navarre Beach since moving back to my hometown. I saw John on a lonely peak down the beach and had an opportunity to catch him enjoying a much-needed break from protecting the public. John was able to get a little bit of barrel time and you can see his passion of the ocean.”
“I took this photo just after sunset on the sound side of Navarre. I had pulled over to get a photo that evening in November of Venus, Saturn and Jupiter aligning with the moon, and God showed off with a glorious afterglow! My husband is getting transferred from Sarasota to the Panhandle and we were there trying to get to know the area and fell in love with Navarre. It is truly a photographer’s dream!”
“I started shooting the Blue Angels regularly for the first time from Fort Pickens during practice sessions back in April of this year. I'd never shot aviation before but loved the Blues since I was a kid, so it was intriguing to learn. My first airshow as a kid at Ocean NAS in Virginia Beach was the first year the Blue Angels switched to the F-18 platform! Needless to say, the sneak pass and the epic "vapor cone" they can create was one of my main goals to capture. I attended all four days of the Red White & Blues airshow in July and was able to capture a pretty epic vapor cone during the sneak pass in the Thursday practice. I brought what I learned that weekend, made a few adjustments, and went out for the homecoming show to try to get an even better one. I was able to get this shot as #5 zoomed by during the Friday show.”
“This photo was taken Aug. 29 around 8:30 a.m. I love going out to the beach when storms roll in. It’s totally awesome to see what Mother Nature is capable of. I think it has a little to do with the thrill and adrenaline. I love being by the water any way I can.”
“We just moved down from New York in October, and this was the first time I was able to get down to the beach with my kids. It was December 4 after Christmas in the Park. I work at Baptist and don’t get too many days off, so I told my husband all I wanted to do on my day off was collect seashells. My son wants to have a beach-themed room, so we collected lots of shells. We love shell hunting! It was great first day, and we’re so happy to call Navarre home.”
“I am not a professional photographer, but I do love the hobby and enjoy sharing my work with the public. This photo I named ‘Earth and Sky.’ The sky’s reflection on the water almost creating an effect of being one. It was an early morning, quiet moment on the sound, reflecting on the beautiful moments our creator gives to us. Once a moment like this appears, it stirs an emotion inside of relaxation and calm. This photo was taken Dec. 3, 2021, on Santa Rosa Sound in Navarre.”
“Calm after the Storm.” Taken on November 18, 2021. “We relocated here from Amarillo, Texas and I’ve noticed the boats at the docks at Joe Patti’s when picking up seafood with friends. I saw the capsized boat couldn’t shake it, so I had to go back and take some photos. I took quite a few photos of it, but this one was my favorite.”