John’s Picture Perfect Contest: April 2023

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.

Theme: Yellow

“Is it yellow, gold, or orange? Take your pick between all those colors, recently observed and captured during a stroll on the beach (no, not in the South Pacific but right here along the Ventura coastline).

– Yves Didier, Airport Police

John’s comment: This moody shot proves that Ventura has plenty of golden yellow. Thanks, Yves!

“A sunset … looking toward Rio de Janeiro from Niteróis Parque da Cidade. Taken while visiting a retired coworker who resides in Brazil.”

– Anthony Calime, Retired, LADWP

John’s comment: The soft light really emphasizes the yellow here, Anthony … and the orange, brown, and so many other colors. It’s darn near dream-like. Thanks for submitting.

“Flowers at the farmer’s market.”

– Alex Andrews, Building and Safety

John’s comment: You captured a beautifully textured spring shot of yellow, with a corresponding purple and green as the foundation. Awesome work, Alex!

“Is there enough yellow here for this month’s contest? It was different and beautiful as always tonight!”

Jill Weiszmann, Retired Club Member

John’s comment: Yes, Jill, plenty of yellow! It’s as if the sky there in Washington State produced what you needed to fulfill this month’s theme – right on time.

“Roxy and I on our daily walk near a local elementary school in Rossmoor. She is patiently waiting to use the crosswalk to get to the other side.”

– Teresa Henkhaus, Retired, Harbor

John’s comment: Sometimes photos are beautiful for their composition, balance, tones, etc. … but sometimes they also tell narratives. What is Roxy thinking? I am still intrigued … and thanks for your creative use of yellow.

“I went snorkeling one spring break off the coast of Oahu in Hawaii and had these yellow fish swarm me, undoubtedly looking for free food! This is the Lau Wili-wili Milletseed (Lemon) Butterflyfish found only in Hawaiian waters.”

– Carlos Aranda, LADWP

John’s comment: Carlos, this reminds me of an old screen saver I had for my computer. The azure blue sets off the patterned yellow very well. Like the screen saver, it’s hypnotizing! Thanks for sending it in.


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.