John’s Picture Perfect Contest: March 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.  

This month’s theme was FAMILY.

“This new mama lives in the LA Zoo. Took my family back to the zoo; I had not been there in years. Won’t be that long next time.”

– Mike Levitt, Retired, Harbor

John’s comment: I like how you included the animal kingdom in “family,” Mike. Absolutely.

“The Leng family in Tahoe for the first time, and it was ‘snow’ much fun! It snowed while we were there, and it was absolutely breathtaking. The kids loved it!”

– Firefighter Ly Leng, LAFD

John’s comment: The family that stays together … stays warm together! Thanks for sending!

“Part of our family – four of five grandkids. Shows each of their personalities! This is what it’s all about: them! We’ve had our turn. Trying to get them all in one picture, as we’re still missing one.”

– Lynne Wright, Retired, Airports

John’s comment: Whoa! Yep, those are real kids for sure!

“This was taken on what would have been my mom’s 80th birthday. Miss her dearly!”

– Renee Ramirez, LAFD

John’s comment: Family across the generations. Beautiful tradition.

“This was taken while my stepmom was teaching the grandchildren how to make corn tortillas. My home was always a place where family gathered to celebrate birthdays and holidays. On this occasion I believe it was my father’s birthday.”

– Rose Serrato, Retired, LAPD

John’s comment: Awesome traditions being passed down, right in front of our eyes.

“I just love it when they pose for me like this. Oh wait I want to take a photo of the mountains, the trees and the walking wood path. Photobombers! @Yosemite National Park.”

– Christine Isidro, LAFD

John’s comment: Isn’t that always the way … and exactly why it’s so good.

“A photo of my family. I am the only one wearing a mask.”

– Capt. Michael Barnes, Retired, Harbor

John’s comment: Of course it would be you wearing the mask, Capt. Michael. I like the attitude. Thanks for submitting.


  • 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.