76th Annual Sanibel Shell Show
March 7, 8, & 9, 2013

Joel, Stacy and Linda Edinburg greeted those attending the Judges and Awards Reception

The Judges' and Awards
Reception was held at 
The Bailey-Matthews Shell
Museum Wednesday evening.


 Anne Joffe presented long-time
Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club member
 Evelyn Spencer with a  Life-time
 Achievement Award at the reception.


The Artistic Division exhibits
drew the attention of the Shell Show visitors. The question most often heard was, "How did they do that?" 

The Scientific exhibits  were inspected by 
both novices and experts. The quality of the 
exhibits this year was exceptional, and there 
were more large exhibits than ever before.  

The Scientific Division Exhibit Hall
was almost filled to capacity. Many
of the visitors had never attended
a Sanibel Shell Show before.

 The "Authors' Table" hosted a number
of outstanding writers each day of the show. 
They enjoy talking to visitors about their
books and autographing copies for them. 

Linda Edinburg and her daughter Stacy
are responsible for finding answers to the
visitors' many questions. They also schedule 
the Shell Show's many volunteers.

There are a number of  volunteers, 
vendors and exhibitors who spend the 
entire day at the Shell Show. Diane
Zimmer is the person who  makes sure
they have the opportunity to get a 
snack or lunch without having to 
leave the building.  Food items are
donated by members, local businesses 
and purchased by the club.

Each year well-known shell dealer Donald Dan 
raises funds for the Shell Club by purchasing 
shells and shell-related items for the club. He 
sells them during the Shell Show to help 
raise funds that are used by the club's Grants 

The Authors' Table 

The sale of "gently wore" jewelry was
fast and furious, raising additional funds
for the Grants Program.

T-shirts are always popular with 
Shell Festival visitors. 

Tom Risher, Scientific Chair for the 2014 Show
takes a break at the information table manned by 
Stacy Edinburg, Volunteer Coordinator.

2013 Shell Show Scientific Special Award Winners

Charlotte Thorp, Jacksonville Beach, Florida
won the following awards:

Conchologists of America Award
Howard Sexauer Award
Shell of the Show, self-collected

du Pont Trophy

Linda Shockley
Marco Island, Florida 

Anne Joffe Sanibel Superstar Trophy

Thomas Grace
Alburtis, Pennsylvania

Robert & Alice Pace, Miami, Florida, 
won the following awards:

Best Sanibel-Captiva Shells, self-collected
Best Florida-Caribbean Shells, any source
Shell of the Show, any source 
Both Special Judge's Ribbons


    Irene Longley, St. James City, Florida
    won the following awards:

    Best Shell of the Show, Fossil
    Single shell, Florida-Caribbean - self-collected, 2nd place
    Single shell, unusual variant, 3rd place
    Single shell, worldwide - self-collected, 1st place
    Single shell, worldwide - any source, 2nd place
    Multiple shells, Florida-Caribbean - self-collected, 2nd place

Best of the Blues

Ken & Joyce Matthys
Salem, Oregon

Theme Award: Color Your World with Shells

Amy & Bill Tripp
Marco Island, Florida

Amy and Bill also won:
Multiple Shells- Unusual Variants, 1st place

Artistic Division People's Choice Award

Anna Fastenau, Fort Myers

Scientific Division People's Choice Award
Not pictured
Harry Berryman, North Port

Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club Ribbon Winners

Charles Barr, Boca Grande

Professional Multimedia, 2nd place
Theme Award: "Color Your World with Shells," 3rd place

Diane Zimmer, Sanibel Island

Multiple Shells, Unusual Variants - Any source
2nd Place

Sheila Nugent, Waterboro, Maine

Multiple Shells, Educational - Any source
1st Place

Evelyn Spencer, Sanibel Island

Single Shell - Florida-Caribbean - Self-collected, 3rd place

Single Shell - Worldwide - Any source, 1st place

Single Shell - Unusual Variants, 2nd place

Single Specimen - Sea Life, 1st place

Multiple Specimens - Special, 2nd place

Hal Pilcher, Fort Myers

Multiple shells, Florida-Caribbean - Any source
2nd place

Ron & Mary Jo Bopp, Bradenton

Multiple fossils (shells and/or other sea life) - Any source, 1st Place
Single fossil - Any source, 2nd Place
Multiple shells, one genus - Any source, 2nd Place
Multiple shells, Educational - Any source, 1st Place
Multiple specimens, Sea life other than shells, 1st Place

Leslie Anding,  Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

Hobbyist, Miniature Flower Arrangement
1st Place
Gertrude A. Ford Award

Nancy Goes, Denver, Colorado

Professional, Shell Related Needlecraft
1st Place

Tyler Schoenherr,  Pontiac, Illinois

Hobbyist, Miniature Flower Arrangement
2nd Place

Vicki Ross, Sanibel Island

Hobbyist, Flower Arrangement - Sea life,
    With or Without shells, 1st Place
Single Stem of Flowers - Shells and/or 
    Other Sea Life, 2nd Place

Anne Joffe, Sanibel, left on a trip
before her photograph could be 
taken at the show. She won 2nd place 
 in the class Collectibles - Antiques, fine art,
unusual artifacts, incorporating shells or 
shell motifs.

Click here to see List of Award Winners