The Ocean Beach Historical Society hosted the 16th annual OB Exposed! photo contest at the Masonic Center on Friday, May 21. As usual, the event was an enjoyable celebration of local photographs and the shutterbugs who snap them.
Over the course of a couple hours, more than 100 people perused the entries, voted for the “people’s choice” winner, and enjoyed free food and drink. Ocean Beach native Noah Tafolla, creator of the KPBS TV series Wonderland, announced the contest winners, which were selected by a panel of judges.
Each year, OB Exposed! invites photographers of all skill levels to submit photos taken in Ocean Beach or neighboring Point Loma. Typically, popular subjects among the dozens of entries include local people, local pets, sunsets, and the mighty Pacific.
This year, seven photos — including four related to the Ocean Beach Pier — were awarded blue ribbons and cash prizes (click on images for larger version):
Best in show: Kenny James‘s shot of seaweed sculptures
People’s choice: Michael Allen – “Early morning stroll on a rainy day”
Best color: Michael Allen – “OB Break”
Best black and white: Fran Del Santo – “Pelican flying over the pier”
Best special effects: Bryce Johnson – “Local”
Best vintage (historic): Thomas W. Cairns Sr. – “Sunset Cliffs – WWII Military Housing – 1949”
In addition to the contest, the event featured exhibits such as a selection of pictures from the Historical Society’s archive, which includes OB snapshots dating back to the early 1900s.
Kathy Blavatt set up a tribute to the Wishing Arch from Ebers Street, which — after many years and thousands of wishes — was recently retired due to termite damage. Jim Grant, a frequent contributor of photos to The OB Rag, displayed a framed print of several shots capturing the visual splendor of the OB area.
Steve Rowell, a photographer who has lived in OB for decades, also shared his work. Steve showed several beautiful black-and-white shots dating back to the 1960s, including pictures from the Labor Day 1968 “riot” on Long Branch Avenue. His more recent photos include full-color portraits of the pair of ospreys that have raised multiple generations of offspring near Robb Field.
Jim, Steve, and many of the other local photographers in attendance — not wasting any time before next year’s contest — brought their cameras and captured plenty of the show’s Kodak moments.
Tip of the hat to Susan and Pat James for providing the photos of the winners.