See the winner of TBAYtoday’s Picture of the Year contest

You all voted on your favorite reader-submitted photo — now, see which one is crowned Picture of the Year.

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge captured from below and up close. The sky is blue and there are very few clouds, while the water below the bridge is a richer shade of blue with waves.

The next time you’re cruising under the Skyway, make sure to look up.

Photo by Eileen G.

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The votes are in for the TBAYtoday 2023 Picture of the Year contest. Check out the finalists below, including the winner that you, our readers, voted for.

Winner: “Cruising under the Skyway Bridge”

75 votes. This picture really helps capture the sheer magnitude of Tampa Bay’s most iconic bridge. We love the angles and how many shades of blue there are.

The fountains at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park at night. The water is illuminated in shades of yellow, orange, and red. UT is visible in the background through the dark night sky.

“Curtis Hixon Park”

Submitted by Mindy J.

Finalist: “Curtis Hixon Park”

66 votes. Running through Curtis Hixon’s fountains brings so much joy — just like this snap. The contrast of colored water with dark sky creates a dramatic effect in this shot.

The University of Tampa at night. It is nighttime and the moon sits between the building's iconic silver towers, with lush greenery in the foreground.

“UT at Night”

Submitted by K. Hunt

Finalist: “UT at Night”

28 votes. The longer you look, the more you notice. This dramatic shot paints a vivid picture of UT’s distinctive minarets.

The Sunken Gardens in St. Pete. The greenery is vivid and dramatic with both dark lighting and light lighting littered throughout the image.

“A View through the Vines”

Submitted by Kathryn B.

Finalist: “A View through the Vines”

26 votes. The Sunken Gardens in St. Pete are a sight to behold. This picture encapsulates the lush greenery — we love the use of lighting here.

A sunset turns the sky shades of pink, blue and yellow. There are boats in the foreground, sitting on dark blue water with a reflection of the colorful sky.

“Cotton Candy Sunset”

Submitted by Janine N.

Finalist: “Cotton Candy Skies”

12 votes. It seems like everyone loves a good sunset around the Tampa Bay area, and this pic shows us why. Look at those wispy pink clouds.

Which picture is your favorite?

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