First prize to Shop Coral Gables for the 200 block of Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables
The photograph artfully frames the pedestrian-friendly urbanism of Coral Gables main commercial street. On the right, the multi-colored figure of a painted flamingo from a recent statue-decorating contest peers out beguilingly from behind an empty sidewalk café table under the expansive shade of an awning. On the left, a receding line of street trees draws the viewers eye to a pair of women strolling casually by a bike locked to a parking meter along the broad sidewalk, which is separated from busy traffic by parked cars. One juror said the photograph demonstrates how sidewalk dining, simple techniques and street furnishings can transform a once-sterile, car-oriented 1940s shopping street.
Second prize to Jesse Bailey for the 300 block of Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach
This in-the-moment shot, taken from a rooftop bar, captures an unusual, panoramic view of the activity in a quintessential night-time urban scene on one of South Floridas liveliest downtown streets. A vintage white convertible pulls up to the corner where a gaggle gathers at the entrance to a club in a red neon glow. At the same time, the shot, almost slyly, captures the features that give the street its urban appeal. On the left, the restored, illuminated facades of low-rise historic buildings provide an elegant, consistent street wall, and street trees provide a sheltering canopy. Sidewalk planters shelter pedestrians, slow traffic and create bays for on-street parking.
Third prize to Barry Miller for the Spanish Village block of Espanola Way in Miami Beach
This serene view at dusk of the Spanish Villages intricately decorated Mediterranean façades and sidewalk cafes captures the romance, intimate scale and pedestrian allure of the narrow street. The warm lighting and the street palms and trees complete the sense of comfortable enclosure. The blurred pedestrians and the waiting café tables create the incipient expectation of a lively evening of dining, music and companionship in the open air.