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By Miriam Raftery, Editor, East County Magazine

July 4, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The votes are in!  Congratulations to the winners in our East County Photography Contest.  Below are the winners, chosen by our readers from semi-finalists selected by our editorial staff.  The first place winner in each category will be displayed at the State Capitol, courtesy of Assemblyman Randy Voepel. The top four winners in each category are published in our East County Magazine article below. 

Due to the large volume of high-quality entries, we added extra categories to allow  more winners.  The categories are wildlife, landmarks, communities, close-ups, people, landscapes, waterscapes, sunsets and regional.  

Congratulations to our winners! We thank all who entered, and hope all of our readers will enjoy viewing the amazing works of these talented local photographers!   View winners: 

Category      Place    Photographer           Title

Wildlife           1          Debbie Ekhaml           Breakfast pounce: coyote hunting, National Wildlife Refuge, Jamul

Wildlife            2          Debbie Ekhaml           Territorial dispute: Coyotes,  National Wildlife Refugee, Jamul

Wildlife            3          Debbie Ekhaml           Racooons at National Wildlife Refugee, Jamul

Wildlife            4  (tie) Jonathan Knight           Desert Bighorn Sheep,  Anza-Borrego Desert

Wildlife            4 (tie)  Billy Ortiz                     Coyote, El Monte Valley in Lakeside

Landmarks      1          Stephen Wheeler        Scorpion Sculpture, Borrego Springs

Landmarks      2          David Bailey                Desert View Tower, Jacumba Hot Springs

Landmarks      3          Blayne Goring             Steele Canyon Bridge

Landmarks      4          Kristin Kjaero               Dragon sculpture, Borrego Springs

Communities   1          Mary Sasso                 Julian shops

Communities   2          Mary Sasso                 Mom’s Apple Pies, Julian

Communities   3          Suzanne Mullins          Fireworks viewed from Alta Lane in El Cajon

Communities   4          Kristin Kjaero               Stained glass at James Hubble house in Santa Ysabel

Close-ups        1          Adrianna Costello        Mushrooms on a tree,  El Cajon

Close-ups        2          Tiffany McKinney       Cactus flower, Pine Valley

Close-ups        3          Mikayla Jardines         Dandelion in sun’s rays

Close-ups        4          Katie Ash                     Water fountain, Granite Hills High School, El Cajon

People             1          Jim Carreta                 Alex above Big Spring

People             2          Kristin Kjaero               Foundry pour, San Diego State University

People             3          Kristin Kjaero               Barona Powwow

People             4          Julia Tomkins              Friends: Mount Laguna

Landscapes     1          Jan Hedlun                  Morning meditations, Potrero

Landscapes     2          Jonathan Knight          Golden hour on Mount Laguna

Landscapes     3          Stephen Wheeler        Julian Meadow

Landscapes     4          Les Merrill                   Sand, ocotillo flowers, mountains and sky in  Anza-Borrego Desert

Waterscapes   1          Dylan Darley               Ducks on Lake

Waterscapes   2          Seth Petri                    Mission Trails Regional Park near Padre Dam

Waterscapes   3          Garrett Blake              Waterfall at Mission Trails Regional Park

Waterscapes   4          Tom Andrewson         San Vicente Reservoir

Sunsets           1          Karla Shulander          Descanso sky on fire

Sunsets           2          Jonathan Knight          Pink lemonade sky: East County mountains

Sunsets           3          Karla Shulander          Descanso sunset

Sunsets           4          Dennis Volz                 Twilight sky


BONUS  CATEGORY:  These were in our Southern California region but outside of East County,  so not within the contest rules. But several were so beautiful that we decided to share the bset of these for your enjoyment.

Regional          1          Beth Hennenberg        Rainbow Mountain at Salton Sea

Regoinal          2          Jason Mulick               Beachin’

Regional          3          Stephen Wheeler        Outback stakeout: desert in Imperial County

Regional          4          Arian James                Desert dunes


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