The Sanibel Islander summer coloring contest drew more than a dozen entries in just three short weeks. Several entries were submitted from Sanibel, from all over Florida, from out of state and one from Germany.
Five people were asked to judge the entries, including one local artist. The decision was a difficult one because all of the entries were well done and each had their own merits.
The first-place winner is Isabelle Gosselin, 9, from Gainesville, Fla. Grayson Turkaly, 7, from Monmouth Beach, N.J., is the second-place winner. Third place goes to Hayden Fuller, 4, of Sanibel.
Jen Moyer of Zebra Yogurt tapes the winning coloring contest entry by Isabelle Gosselin, 9, on the window of the store in Bailey's Center. All of the entries are displayed on the store windows.
"She'll be so thrilled," said Isabelle's mother, Tara Gosselin, when given the news via telephone. "We were there on vacation, picked up a copy of the paper and saw the contest entry in it. Isabelle decided to enter the contest."
The Gosselin family vacations on Sanibel once or twice a year, according to Tara.
"I was just hoping to win because I knew there would be other good ones out there," said Isabelle, who starts fourth grade this month. "My friends will be very proud of me when I tell them."
Entries were received from kids ranging from 3 to 12 years old. They were asked to color the scene of a Florida native lizard, called an Anole.
The adhesive pads on each foot help the Anole crawl up and down walls, bench posts and trees in search of small bugs. It also can change its skin color from green to brown and has a brightly colored patch attached to its throat, called a dew lap or throat fan, used to attract a mate or scare off predators.
The top three entries each receive a free copy of the coloring book "Treasurers of the Islands" featuring artwork by local artists Laura D'Amelio and John McCallion. Gosselin also receives a $25 gift card from Zebra Yogurt as the first-place winner.