With every photo contest comes a whole slew of surprises that reveal the lives and passions of local residents and our readers, which, this year, also included a kiss from a sloth. Surely, locals are passionate about nature and sunsets, their children and their pets, bugs, flame throwers and clouds as well. Ventura County is totally eclectic. This year, however, what caught our eye was … an eye, a different viewpoint, amazing color and the Super Moon, plus, just for fun, those who embraced the holiday spirit. Enjoy our annual photo contest winners and honorable mentions.
NOTE: For Prize Winners, we chose three total of the six placeholders for both categories, color and black and white. Only Prize Winners, as mentioned before category winners, can redeem prizes at Dexter’s Camera at 5 N. Pacific Ave., Ventura.
First Place Black and White
“Our local lifeguard tower on the south side of the Ventura pier.”
First Place Color (On the cover)
“Capture the Good Times”
“Photo of a healthy Iris captured under a 16x microscope at Two Trees Optometry.”
Second Place Black and White
“One magical morning at our historical Ventura Pier. The water was warm, glassy, and the waves were just about perfect for shooting in the shore break. It was Sept. 20, which also happened to be the 13-year anniversary to my lovely wife, Dawn.”
“This was shot in my backyard in Thousand Oaks in the late afternoon. Shot with a 70-200 lens at F/2.8 with all natural light.”
“This one is with the Super Moon trying to give that local feel to the image.”
“My wife and daughter at Castle Rock Farms in Moorpark.”
“This is taken underneath the Ventura pier on a magical evening that produced a sunset that was just unbelievable.”
“Manzanar Cemetery Monument”
“The Cemetery at Manzanar War Relocation Center, just north of Lone Pine, California.
“Top of Bee Canyon Park in Granada Hills on the evening of the Super Moon on November 13th with my Canon SX260HS.”
“Molly & Murray.”
“Oh the Joy of Christmas!”
Kissed by a sloth
“It’s not everyday that a violet-haired senior (Sherry) gets kissed by a sloth (Jessica).”
“Kayaking amongst skyscrapers on the Chicago River.”
“This is me and my family from the 1970s in Huntington, New York. My parents didn’t see it until recently when they were digitizing the old slides. I got away with it for decades.”