John’s Picture Perfect Contest Winners: June 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: OPEN

“Cold sunrise morning at Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park.”

– Alex Andrews, Building and Safety

John’s comment: Stunning! I have seen this, but not from this angle. A drone, I assume? The textures and shades are simply incredible. What a world we live in – that a place that’s so inhospitable also contains such incredible beauty. Thanks for submitting!

“Love me some baseball! I snapped this shot of this year’s Whitney baseball program in Rocklin, Calif., one of the best teams in Northern California. Baseball is a really fun sport to watch.”

– Ike Dodson, Correctional Health Care Services, State of California

John’s comment: Outstanding form from this young hitter! The angle from the ground is superb. Thanks for submitting, Ike!

“A winter sweatshirt evening. Standing in awe atop the cliff. The winter swell marching in order, having their cadence called out upon each break. Such a conflict free, harmony of sound and vision to put you at peace.”

– John Nance, Retired, LADWP

John’s comment: My goodness, John, what a stunningly clear and gorgeous image. I can feel this, I can hear this, I can smell this. You know it’s an awesome photo when that happens! Thanks for sending it in!

“This shot was a mistake. She was distracted at midflight when her hat tilted downward, so she wasn’t able to act like a funny cartoon character running above water. She perfected the pose on the second shot but I prefer this Happy Accident instead.”

– Dominique Daito, LAPD

John’s comment: Great to see your photos again, Dominique. Your mistakes are better than my masterpieces!

“The Malibu beach RV resort at sunset.”

– Chermaine Fontenette, Public Works/Sanitation

John’s comment: Classic Southern California! This is what it’s all about. Thanks, Chermaine!

“Lake Gregory, Crestline, California.”

– Rene Montiel, Retired, Public Works/StreetsLA

John’s comment: Your photo, Rene, is a classic in plane design – beautifully framed with the dark ground and branches in the foreground; the lake and shore trees in the mid-ground; and the sky holding the back. It all makes me feel like I’m there. Well done!

“A Tarahumara native woman weaving a basket in Copper Canyon that is the Grand Canyon of Mexico.”

– Sandra Grange, Retired

John’s comment: Wow, Sandra, I love the textures here, and the colors really pop. But mostly I love the motion of the weaving, which pulls my eye right to the center of the beautiful work this woman is doing. Sometimes beauty is in the vast outdoors, and sometimes it’s in our very hands. Thanks for sending this 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.