Plant City Photo Archives and History Center today announced four winners – including a tie for third place – in its contest for the best photographs of the Plant City sculptures exhibit.
Winners included Eric Barber, first place; Ginny Miller, second place; and Karen Gillman and Lauren Boyd, tied for third place. The center awarded ribbons and certificates, along with $30 for first place, $20 for second and $10 for third.
The eight life-size bronze sculptures created by J. Seward Johnson and valued at $200,000 each were on display around downtown from May 1 through Tuesday.
In the closing weeks of the exhibit, the photo archives held a contest for the best photo of the sculptures. In most cases, the contestants or their children posed with sculptures.
Archives Executive Director Gil Gott noted that some of the photos featured people with their arms around the sculptures.
"We are very pleased to see they embraced them in more ways than one," he quipped.
The sculptures were on loan from The Sculpture Foundation in Santa Monica, Calif. The eclectic sculptures included iconic pieces such as the sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on VJ day in 1945.
The photo archives arranged for the temporary exhibit at the suggestion of retired pharmacist Myrle Henry, who saw some of the sculptures on display last year on the University of Florida campus.