John’s Picture Perfect Contest Winners: July 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

Theme: Red, White, Blue

“In April 2022, we visited New England. I have friends and family there, but this was the first time in a long time my oldest son had an opportunity to visit. Of course, Fenway Park was on the list, as I’m a big Red Sox fan. We took a tour of the stadium before the season opened. Fenway Park is truly a piece of Americana and the Red Sox have a strong connection to America’s favorite pastime — perfect for the Fourth of July!”

– Stephanie Burkhart, LAPD

John’s comment: Red, white and blue as a concept … and a good one, as you say, for the Fourth. Further, though, I like the composition here, with the angle of Fenway taking the eye to the sign, then past it into the depth. A home run.

“Passing downtown LA one evening, City Hall was lit up blue, and there was no traffic. So I had to take a picture. So pretty!”

– Leticia Zepeda, Retired, Public Works/Sanitation and Environment

John’s comment: So pretty, indeed, Leticia! It pays to look up sometimes. Thanks for submitting!

“This is a drone photo of the Ventura Pier. The title is (Forever). I appreciate your contest. It is a lot of fun.”

– Alex Andrews, Building and Safety

John’s comment: And thank you, Alex, for submitting gems like this one. I love the simplicity, which emphasizes the dignity and steadfast pride of the flag at the end. Excellent!

“On a visit to Central Florida for an art show, I had extra time to visit Cape Canaveral and tour the Kennedy Space Center. It was quite something to see the colors that represent us with such inspiring history (and mileage) behind it!”

– Shaudi Pishvaie, LAPD

John’s comment: I love this, Shaudi. You’ve captured history here, and the framing is beautifully presented. Thanks for submitting


As promised, here are a few more winners from last month’s contest, which had an “open” theme. — John

“This picture was taken at home a year ago after I adopted this four-year-old terrier mix last May. This cutie has added so much zest to my life since then. So glad to have found her. Her former elderly owner passed away due to COVID.”

– Felice Chen, Rec and Parks

John’s comment: I love the angle of this, Felice – unexpected, surprising and delightful. You’ve done two awesome things here – adopted your terrier in a crisis situation, and submitted your photo to us. Thanks!

“I went camping again in Yosemite last April, and flooded meadows provided spectacular views!”

– Carlos Aranda, LADWP

John’s comment: Just gor-gee-ous, Carlos. The bright mountain in the background is a visual surprise yet doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the composition. Thanks for submitting!

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.