John’s Picture Perfect Contest Winners: Dec. 2023

by Noelle Kauffman, Club Director of Sales

Greetings From Noelle:

Hello Club image makers! I love awesome photos and am so excited to see your best. And a shoutout to John Hawkins, who managed this monthly contest for more than a decade. Let’s continue his creativity and have fun!

And don’t forget about Club insurance. Do you have all that you need? See page 6 for more information.

— Noelle


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: Magical Light

“Rainbow clouds. Diffraction – a phenomenon that occurs when small droplets of water scatter the sun’s light. I have seen only two of these ever.”

John Nance, Retired, LADWP

Noelle’s comment: You have seen two, John … and now I have seen one. Good eye, and thanks for submitting!

“Don’t underestimate the power of neon! Around the corner at Valley Relics Museum in Van Nuys.”

Yves Didier, Airport Police

Noelle’s comment: I love this stunning image, Yves. I know you submit regularly, and with images like this, I can see why. Cool!

“This is what I saw on my way in to work this morning.”

Renee Ramirez, LAFD

Noelle’s comment: Now that we’re in winter, Renee, I get to see City Hall like this (or in other colors) when I’m at Club Headquarters on many nights. I love it every time … but your distorted light on the left sets it off in a new and unique way. Thanks!

“Grand Wheel at the Ventura County Fair.”

Alex Andrews, Building and Safety

Noelle’s comment: I love county fairs, Alex, and your image puts me right there again. Your isolation of the light of the two wheels is truly magical and gives me all the feels. Thanks for submitting!

“I took this picture at my in-laws’ pond at my nephew’s birthday party.”

Leticia Zepeda, Retired, Public Works/Sanitation

Noelle’s comment: Wow, Leticia, the green glow from below is a perfect background to highlight the surprise clarity of the flower on top. Truly magical light!

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.