Announcing Our Photo Contest Winners!

The caliber of photos we received in this year’s “California Through My Eyes” contest was pretty amazing. Our judges had no small task in trying to select our winner and runners-up, all of whom received a cash prize. In addition, the judges helped select about 60 photos to be named for honorable mention. The final results (showcased below) are pretty incredible and illustrate the diversity and wonder of the state of California! You can also see all of these photos on display at the State Capitol building, starting June 20. They’ll be located on the third floor of the annex.

Hundreds of student photographers participated from 54 high school around the state, submitting not only their photo but an essay describing how their photo represents California. We want to thank the schools, districts and legislative offices that helped spread the word about the contest, which we hope allows students to exercise their creativity while thinking critically about what California means to them.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER ($150)

Puente

EMELY PUENTE, Bellflower High School

Emely was selected as the grand prize winner for her photo, Lost in Thought, a portrait of her grandfather sitting at his home. As she notes, her grandparents “made themselves a part of California when they arrived in the early 70’s. They had to support their 8 children together so they made a living as strawberry pickers, working as a mechanic and being a housemaid…My generation will never understand what it is like to struggle – we get things handed down to us instead of earning it. This is California through my eyes.”

RUNNERS – UP ($100), in alphabetical order 

Dou

CHAOYAO DOU, Palo Alto Hgh School

Chaoyao’s photo is a wonderful representation of San Francisco, and the essay perfectly complements the photo, describing the city as unique with a “profound history, a large number of scenic spots…fantastic beaches and sunshine, and enthusiastic people.”

Fraser

JULIANNA FRASER, Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy

Julianna’s photo vibrantly depicts the Tower Bridge in Sacramento. She chose to photograph this bridge because it “provides people with access to being able to go boating, fishing, kayaking as well as running, walking and cycling. These activities and locations in Sacramento are what brings so many people from across the globe to this incredible state of ours.”

Morris

SYDNEY MORRIS, South Tahoe High School

In this photo, Sydney photographed a man who is the embodiment of the right to self-expression and the pursuit of happiness. When asked why he was dressed the way he was, he replied, “This is who I am on the inside and out. This is just who I am.” Sydney took this picture to show that “no matter what style, sexuality or ethnicity, you are free to express yourself and pursue your own happiness.”

Smith_T

TYLER SMITH, Monterey High School

Tyler was out walking around San Francisco when he saw “a shimmer of light from a hole in the wall.” He walked over and captured this scene, which he describes as “a reminder that beauty isn’t just in the Sierras, around Mount Shasta, or on the beaches of Los Angeles. Sometimes, it is just visible from a hole in an old wall.”

Venegas

ELANI VENEGAS, Downey High School

This photo was taken of the Santa Monica Pier at night. But Elani didn’t want to just capture the typical photo of this famed trademark. She went out into the water in order to “see the entirety of the pier with all the lights functioning with one another.” This photo represents the Golden State because “the light flows together in unity, yet each has its own direction, just like people do in California.”

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Arellano

KELCI ARELLANO, Bellflower High School

Asato

BRENDON ASATO, North High School

Avila

CASSANDRA AVILA, Downey High School

Balero

ALEXIS BALERO, Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy

Bannerman

EMANI BANNERMAN, Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy

Barnette

JEREMY BARNETTE, Downey High School

Bates

ARIEL BATES, Anderson New Technology High School

Bennett

ROSE BENNETT, Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy

Bertolina

REBECCA BERTOLINA, South Tahoe High School

Binion

ALONZO BINION, Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy

Bosnoian

NANCY BOSNOIAN, Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School

Brown

AARON BROWN, Buhach Colony High School

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ZEKE BUCHERT, Weed High School

Castellon

CALOB CASTELLON, Calipatria High School

Cervantes

LAURA CERVANTES, Calipatria High School

Dada

CARRIE DADA, Anderson New Technology High School

Davison

CJ DAVISON, South Tahoe High School

Demello

MIA DEMELLO, Granite Bay High School

Eoff

EMERSON EOFF, Frontier High School

Farris

TABATHA FARRIS, Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy

Giles

JORDAN GILES, Oroville High School

Henry

KYLIE HENRY, Tesoro High School

Hernandez

ABIGAIL HERNANDEZ, William Finch Charter School

Khamphoumy

JACQUELYN KHAMPHOUMY, Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy

Klaser

TRENT KLASER, West High School

Kountoris

ALEXIA KOUNTOURIS, Napa High School

Landry

BLAKE LANDRY, Highland High School

Larson

MIREAH LARSON, Kearny High School

Mai

LIEN MAI, Kearny High School

Martin

TANIA MARTIN, Downey High School

Masuda

MITCHELL MASUDA, Chadwick School

McCollum

KIVA MCCOLLUM, South Tahoe High School

Miles

NACH’E MILES, Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy

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ARIYA MOMENY, Palo Alto High School

Montanez

CECILIA MONTANEZ, Napa High School

Morearty

ROSALIE MOREARTY, Sequoia High School

Navarro

STEPHANIE NAVARRO, La Cuesta Continuation High School

Peck

ALLISON PECK, Valhalla High School

Perez

LORENA PEREZ, South Tahoe High School

Piangerelli

ISABELLA PIANGERELLI, Granada Hills Charter High School

Ragus

ANGELA RAGUS, Frontier High School

Ratcliffe

ZHANAR RATCLIFFE, San Marcos High School

Reyes

LEILANI REYES, Sergestrom High School

Saucedo

STEVEN SAUCEDO, Arvin High School

Schmidt

ANGELA SCHMIDT, Sacred Heart Cathedral

Simmons

MARIA SIMMONS, Kearny High School

Smith_L

LIAM SMITH, Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy

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GILLIAN STARKWEATHER, Monterey High School

Uli

JESSE ULI, Granite Bay High School

Underhill

MARIN UNDERHILL, South Tahoe High School

Vales

MATTHEW VALES, Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy

Varadarajan

KAMALA VARADARAJAN, Palo Alto High School

Vu

BAO VU, Mayfair High School

Wegner

JOHN WEGNER, Anderson New Technology High School

Wittman

NOAH WITTMAN, North High School

 

 

 

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