John’s Picture Perfect Contest: September 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.

THEME: Generations

“Mom and daughter Sophie enjoying a Pismo Beach sunset.”

– Mike Aubin, LADWP

John’s comment: Without getting too maudlin, Mike, there’s a lot going on in this photo. Of course the silhouetting and the colors are spectacular. But it’s the literal setting of the sun to end a day, and an older generation looking at a younger generation that’s ready to begin, that give it emotion and meaning. A thoughtful, amazing shot. Thanks for submitting!

“Father and daughter? Husband and wife? Uncle and niece? Granddad and sister-in-law? This picture may be the ultimate ‘Generations’ mystery.”

– Yves Didier, Airport Police

John’s comment: Well, if I’m going to guess, I’ll look at the shoes and speculate that … no, I’m not going to. Instead, I’m going to think about the strong, simple elements. Who are we, anyway? If you would have included the faces, which I normally prefer, I wouldn’t have thought as much about the lives we lead and the shadows we cast. Well done!

“I, 21 at the time, stand at the back right with my family — three generations of the Lumbang family. October 1971.”

– Milagros Lumbang, Retired, General Services

John’s comment: I love this photo, Milagros. Funny, if you had submitted it as a flat image, it wouldn’t be as compelling. But the shadows at the corners against the table or surface give it real nostalgia, a proud family that stands the test of time. Thank you for sharing!


“This is my best friend Angela, her mother Jeanette, son Scott, granddaughter Staci, and great-grandson Cameron. Five generations!”

– Nancy E. Wills, Retired, LADWP

John’s comment: Wow, Nancy, five generations in one shot. Pretty amazing. I you’re your family continued good fortune. Thanks for submitting!

Picture Perfect Contest Rules

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.