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Island merchant announces winner in inaugural photo contest

By Staff | Jan 14, 2015

France Paulsen’s photo of a Pileated Woodpecker. PHOTO PROVIDED

The winner of R.S. Walsh Landscaping’s December photo contest is France Paulsen. The theme of the December contest was “butterflies and birds.”

Submitted photos were posted on R.S. Walsh’s In The Garden Facebook page and at the company’s Sanibel garden center. Visitors to the Facebook page and the garden center were able to vote on their favorites.

Paulsen’s photo of a Pileated Woodpecker family received the most votes. Paulsen will receive a $50 gift certificate to In The Garden. Honorable mentions go to Linda Kopycki, Judie Zimomra, Patty MacInnis and Carol Pauli.

Future submissions should include the photographer’s name, phone number, location of the photo and a short story behind the photo. Up to five photos per person are allowed. Submissions can be sent via e-mail to inthegarden@rswalsh.com. Finalists will be posted on R.S. Walsh’s Facebook page, website and displayed at R.S. Walsh In The Garden. Voters can visit In The Garden or the In The Garden page on Facebook to vote. Each month the winning photo will appear in The Island Reporter newspaper and the photographer will receive a $50 gift certificate to In The Garden Sanibel’s Retail Garden Center and Outdoor Showroom.

“We had some wonderful submissions to our December contest,” said Robert Walsh, president of R.S. Walsh Landscaping. “These are some very talented photographers that captured the beauty of Sanibel and Captiva. We are looking forward to seeing next month’s photos.”

The themes and deadlines for each month are:

February: Sunsets – Deadline February 10

March: Flowers and Fruit – Deadline March 10

April: Wildlife – Deadline April 10.

R.S. Walsh Landscaping is a family-owned and operated, full-service landscape design-build company specializing in landscape design, installation, and maintenance. For 30 years, R.S. Walsh has been committed to superior workmanship, the highest standard of materials and the constant pursuit of excellence. R.S. Walsh In The Garden Retail Garden Center & Outdoor Showroom is located at 3889 Sanibel Captiva Road, across from the Sanibel School, and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information, call (239) 395-5859 or visit www.rswalsh.com