2018 25th Annual Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations to this year’s photo contest winners! The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park was pleased to host its 25th Annual Photo Contest this year. With hundred of photos submitted, renowned National Geographic wildlife photographer Joel Sartore was forced to select one Best in Show and nine Honorable Mention images. His final spectacular selections follow below and showcase a wide variety of species.

The 2018 Best in Show image was taken by Palm Coast photographer Robert Van Mierop. This awe-inducing photo of a Roseate spoonbill parent with chick was captured with a Nikon D7200, with a 200-500mm lens.

Best in Show

Robert Van Mierop

Palm Coast, FL

Roseate spoonbill Platalea ajaja


Tin-Sang Chan

Scarborough, Ontario

Little blue heron Egretta caerulea


Anita Fanic

Jacksonville, FL

Great egret Ardea alba


Mark Hodgson

St. Augustine, FL

Roseate spoonbill Platalea ajaja


Alex Harris 

St. Augustine, FL

albino American alligator Alligator mississippiensis


Robert Van Mierop

Palm Coast, FL

Green tree python Morelia viridis


Alexander Jones

Chapel Hill, NC

American alligator Alligator mississippiensis


David Long

Shrewsbury, MA

Great egret Ardea alba


Vladislava Payne

Palm Coast, FL

Great egret Ardea alba


Dennis Thornton

Pleasantville, NY

Siamese crocodile Crocodylus siamensis


Thank you to all the photographers who submitted images this year!



  1. AnitaFanic Reply

    I am so honored to have been selected for an honorable mention by Joel, who is such a renowned photographer. I just moved to Jacksonville a year ago and I am so fascinated with the bird rookery. It is also my first attempt at bird photography!
    My congratulations to all the other winners. They are all beautiful images!

    • Gen Anderson Reply

      Thank you so much for entering such a beautiful photo!!

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