John’s Picture Perfect Contest: January 2021

John Hawkins

by John Hawkins, Club 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.  


“Growing up, I remember a weekly newspaper column where a sketch artist would hide a tiny mouse in his drawings for the readers to find. This is my photographic version of that little game, except it’s not a mouse to look for but a (sixth) chicken – can you find it? (If nothing else, looking at the picture, it is clear who originally came up with the tiny house concept that’s so popular these days: Must have been a bunch of chickens.)”

– Yves Didier, Airport Police

John’s comment: I see the sixth chicken, Yves … and I also see a really fun photo. You couldn’t have arranged the chickens and the stack crates any more artistically if you tried, and you didn’t. I like the organic (bottom) vs. the manufactured (top) theme you have going on here, and being lost in a tangle of crates. Perhaps I’m getting too deep! Anyway, good shot! 

“This is a beautiful picture of the water near San Diego. It felt so peaceful as if I were the only person on earth.”

– Renee Ramirez, LAFD

John’s comment: Is that the moon, seriously? Bright! We don’t receive a lot of verticals, so it’s good one that’s so evocative. Thanks for sending!

“BFF — Way back when social distancing was just a store name. My then two-year old and her older cousin during a mall-meet November 2012.”

– Dominique Daito, LAPD/Communications

John’s comment: “Gap,” or in this case, a lack of it, says it all. Thanks for this charming reminder that humans will be back to doing beautiful things like hugs soon. Excellent shot!

“Trust: From the wild bird to the peanut, to my fingers, it’s such a warm feeling!”

– Virginia Wai Ching Lit, Retired, Public Works/Engineering

John’s comment: Virginia, I love the bird taking the peanut. It’s just amazing. Is that your hand holding the bird? Holding with one hand, and shooting with the other, and keeping it perfectly composed is quite the achievement. Well done! 

“I always photograph the sunrise, but this day I went to a different beach, looking for the sunset. I think I found more than what I was looking for.”

– Rose Serrato, Retired, LAPD

John’s comment: What a heroic shot, Rose … even though I don’t know what they’re doing. It doesn’t matter, though. You seem to find a lot of inspiration on that beach, and it seems to be rewarding you for your diligence. Nice shot!

“I get great sunsets from my backyard in Monterey Park. I went out to grill some steaks and got lucky with this shot.”

– Horacio Moran, Retired, DWP

John’s comment: This is the kind of view that would cause me to forget about the steaks I was grilling. Well, at least temporarily. These are unusual colors for sure. Thanks for sending!

“My daughter, Sophie, and I found this small pond while hiking around Lake Mary, Mammoth Mountain. I really admired the serenity and the reflection of the surrounding forest.”

– Mike Aubin, DWP

John’s comment: What a beautiful shot, Mike and Sophie. Serenity, calm, relaxation, breathing out … I needed all of those, so thanks for delivering. Ahhhhhh.


  • 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.