Photo Contest Winners Announced by East County Magazine and Assemblyman Brian Jones

August 15, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- We received many amazing images from talented photographers across our region for our photography contest jointly sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Jones and...

and East County Magazine.

Winners and honorable mentions in landscape and wildlife photographer were selected by judges in Sacramento and San Diego based on aesthetics, composition, and lighting.  All photos were taken in the Assemblyman’s district in San Diego’s East County. 

The list of winners and their photos are published below. Winning entries will also  be displayed in Assemblyman Jones’ office in the state capitol.  Congratulations to the winners – and to the many talented photographers who submitted entries!


First Place: Bridge to Opportunity- Gary Avant, Spring Valley/Rancho San Diego

Second Place: Superstition Mountain- Billy Ortiz, viewed from the Cuyamacas

Third Place: El Cajon Mountain from Santee- Steve Prendergast

Honorable Mentions:

Lakeview Sky Artist Multicolor- Gary Avant, Spring Valley/Rancho San Diego

Back country- Deborah Kopki

Cedar Fire Victim- Milton Cyphert, Stelzer Park, Lakeside


First Place: Bighorn Ram Standing- Deren Sefcik- taken during the annual Bighorn Sheep count in the Anza-Borrego Desert

Second Place: Coopers Hawk Profile- Debbie Ekhaml, Jamul

Third Place: Coyote Howling- Debbie Ekhaml, Rancho Jamul Ecological Preserve

Honorable Mentions:

Fire 047 Black-crowned night heron - Debbie Ekhaml, National Wildlife Refuge, Jamul

El Monte Valley Sunset with Horse, Lakeside- Milton Cyphert

Bighorn Sheep Group- Deren Sefcik, Anza Borrego Desert

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