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September 28, 2023 (Lakeside)--Helix Water District announces the winners of the 2023 Lake Jennings Photo Contest, with this year’s first place in the adult category going to photographer Billy Ortiz of Lakeside for his image “Reflection.” (Photo, left)


Now in its 12th year, the contest drew 60 photos from photographers throughout San Diego County. This year’s entries highlighted the unique beauty and experiences the lake offers. Submitted photographs included images of camping, fishing, hiking, wildlife and some of the spectacular views at Lake Jennings. The contest was open for photos taken between March 1 and August 31, 2023


The following photographers took top honors:

A bald eagle perched on a tree branchDescription automatically generated with medium confidence

Adult Category:

A bird standing on a logDescription automatically generated with low confidenceFirst Place – Billy Ortiz; “Reflection” (photo upper left)

Second Place – Charles Ham; “Bald Eagle”(photo, right)

Third Place – Debra Colwell; “Quail Enjoying the View” (photo left)


Youth Category:

A river with trees and a cloudy skyDescription automatically generatedFirst Place – Aaron D’Souza; “Calm Before Tropical Storm Hillary” (photo,right)

Second Place – Chaylee Gregory; “Duck, Duck No Goose” (photo, below))


A group of ducks swim in a lakeDescription automatically generated with medium confidenceThe district honored the winning photographers at an awards 27, during its board meeting. The winning photos are also available on our Facebook page at


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