John’s Picture Perfect Contest Winners: September 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: Football

“I discovered USC when I spent the Fourth of July on Catalina Island; the marching band opened up the parade. Then I discovered USC football! I love the food, Traveler, watching the game live and getting decked out in USC colors. Fight on!”

– Stephanie Burkhart, LAPD

John’s comment: It helps that many in the Club are USC alumni, including yours truly! From an image perspective, I enjoy how you got so much information in one frame, without overloading it. It’s well composed, the depth is impressive, and … oh, forget all that. Let’s face it: It’s USC, and that works for me! Fight on! (Any who disagree, submit a photo!)

Holdovers From Previous Contests

July 2023: Red, White and Blue

This picture was taken at Plitvice Park, Croatia. I was trying to capture the catwalk and the surrounding bluish water. The white clouds and lady in red make this picture one of my favorite shots.”

– Larry Campita, Retired, Controller

John’s comment: Your photo might not have been patriotic for July, Larry, but the theme was red, white and blue, and you submitted a truly beautiful shot. I have been to Croatia but not to this spot, but I must put it on my list to visit next time. The simplicity of the composition is its secret power. Well done!

July 2023: Red, White and Blue

“Taken from my brother’s fishing boat off the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Kite foil boarding at top speed. My title is “Red Kite, White Clouds and Ocean Blue.”

– Alex Andrews, Building and Safety

John’s comment: Whoa, Alex, what a stunner. The colors are saturated, and the waves so textured that it really made me feel the challenge that this foil-boarder is facing. Thanks for submitting, and all of us, I ask we send a quiet wish for Hawaii right now. Beautiful land, devastated and down, but Lahaina on Maui has our best thoughts and hopes.

August 2023: Playing Outdoors

“My grandson and son-in-law enjoying a warm summer day in the pool.”

– Ron Campos, Retired, LADWP

John’s comment: I love so much about this awesome photo, Ron … but what brings my eye back over and over is the face on your grandson: complete trust and fully in the moment. No fear, no regrets, a model for us all. 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.