John’s Picture Perfect Contest: September 2022

John Hawkins

by John Hawkins, Association CEO

How to enter:

Do you love to take pictures? Submit your photos to the Picture Perfect contest. Once a month, the best pics are selected for publication. If your photo is published, you’ll receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card!. ENTER PICTURE PERFECT CONTEST

See Contest Rules below the pictures.



“Early this year, January, I had the opportunity to visit Egypt. I took this picture during a four-day cruise on the Nile River.”

– Rose Serrato, Retired, LAPD

John’s comment: I love the russets, browns, tans and yellows in the gorgeous photo, Rose. And the stillness. Well done!

“These are Indian sweets known as mithai, popularly made in the South Asian subcontinent for celebrations. We bought these delicacies for our Eid dessert and I realized they are depicting fall colors, so I thought of sharing with you.”

– Muhammad Faizan, LADWP

John’s comment: Muhammad, I have to say I never thought about baked goods as having a sense of depicting the fall, but you have just enlightened me! They look delicious, by the way, and thanks for sharing with us!

“Indian Summer it is not, however, this still life, captured on a working farmer’s property in Portugal, in my opinion not only conveys the colors but also the feeling of fall.”

– Officer Yves Didier, Airport Police

John’s comment: With those tomatoes, maybe more like late summer, Yves … but still very evocative of autumn, and beautifully staged. Excellent!

“Looking for some fall color in Yosemite was not as easy as I thought it would be! This lone maple tree was all I could find! It made for a nice contrast against all of the evergreens.”

– Carlos Aranda, LADWP

John’s comment: This is about as “fall” as it gets, Carlos. Rich and bursting, your photo reminds me of Earth’s majesty and beauty. Thanks for sending!

– Jill Weiszmann, Club Member

John’s comment: Wow, Jill, your sunsets are evocative, restful and suggestive of time that ebbs and flows – the days might be growing shorter because it’s fall., but the sun will always come back. Excellent.

Picture Perfect Contest Rules

  • Please submit the full, original digital file (up to 3 megs file size).
  • The contest is open to all Club members in good standing. Non-members are welcome to submit, but only Club members are eligible to win the monthly prize.
  • Photos can be of any subject matter: vacation, portraits, families, landscapes, still lifes, pets, etc. Subject matter must be appropriate for Alive!
  • If your photograph does not win, you are welcome to re-submit.
  • Winners are chosen by Club staff. All decisions will be final.
  • You must certify (if asked) that you indeed took the picture. No ringers!
  • The contest is all in good fun: The Club cannot be responsible for delays in delivering Alive!, or for delays in the transmission of responses.