Winning Photos From OB Historical Society Contest

by on May 19, 2009 · 13 comments

in Media, Ocean Beach

Best in Show - "Surfer" Joe Ewing

OCEAN BEACH, CA.  At long last, we have all the winning photos from the OB Historical Society’s contest and exhibit from last weekend.  The contest was held Friday, May 15th, at the Masonic Temple (see our earlier post), and the winners were announced that night.

Here are the winners and the titles:

Best B&W - “Cliffs & Pier, NW Swell, High Tide” Roderick Michener

Best Vintage - “Girls Gone Wild” John Ayres

Best Color - “Cliffhanger“ Bryce Johnson

Best Special Effects - “OB Pier” Kathleen Blavatt

People’s Choice - “OB Pier” Emily Sales

If you wish to comment on an individual photo, click on a thumbnail below.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

bodysurferbob May 19, 2009 at 9:17 pm

great shots! congratulations to all the winners.


Molly May 20, 2009 at 6:54 am

Just look at the colors – the green and the blue sea – in Ewing’s “Surfer” – amazing pic. They’re all amazing.

But listen, OB Historical Society photo judges – here’s a suggestion: 4 out of the 6 winning photos have the OB Pier in them, and 5 have the Pacific Ocean in them. How about just one category for the Pier next year, and have photographers take other subjects besides the ocean, surfers and the pier.


Molly May 20, 2009 at 6:56 am

… and oh, the reason the pier wasn’t in the 5th photo was because IT HADN’T BEEN BUILT YET!

Does anyone see what I’m saying?


Gary Gilmore May 20, 2009 at 7:39 am

I endorse Molly’s suggestion to make a separate category for pier photos. While the pier is certainty OB’s most visible icon there is much more to be appreciated. A separate category would drive a little attention to other views.


lane tobias May 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm

love the b&w under the pier…all beautiful shots! i agree though, where are the picture of dog beach, newport, wildflowers, street shots, etc?


Pat May 20, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Hey guys thanks for the exposure.
It was probally our most well attended OB Exposed ever!
I would like to shout out a big THANKS to all those who contributed.
First of all the folks who supplied us with the munchies:
OB People’s Food, Olive Tree Market,CJ’s Catering, San Diego Catering Concepts, Pepe’s, European Cake Gallery, OB MainSteet Assn., and John and Fran Del Santo.
Thanks to the fellows at the Masonic Lodge, a great venue.
Also to Claudia Jack for making those arrangements, and the nice donation.
Our judges, Tom Shugrue, Tim Haugh, and Ed Frey.
OB Rag Blog, The Beacon, Congress of History of SD and Imperial Counties, and OBMA for publicity.
Noah Tafolla for attending and presenting awards.
Judy and David Dibble for the generous donation in memory of their beloved mother Madelyn Dibble-Boyd who was a long time board member of OB Historical Society.
All the participants and volunteers.
Please support those who support us.
It’s a wonderful feeling connecting long time OB folks with each other, as well as new residents with the history of the community.
Suggestions for a calender and a new pier catagory are good and will be brought up at our next board meeting.
See you next year!

Pat James President OB Historical Society


fstued May 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm

All of them are great photos I am sorry I missed the exhibit I am sure there were lots more It will definatley be on my list for next yr


Pat May 21, 2009 at 7:03 am

Somebody I failed to mention in my earlier post who was a important part of OB Exposed is Steve Rowell.
Steve brought out some of his photos that he took during the 60s and 70s.
His collection is always a big hit.
They make me nostalgic since they depict the Ocean Beach I knew when I first moved here.
One shot shows a cottage that he an I lived in (at different times) which is no longer there.
He also lived where I live now.
OB is a small town with a great sense of community!
Thanks Steve!


jon May 21, 2009 at 9:06 am

Steve is a really great guy and I’m sure his collection of vintage OB photos is amazing. So sorry I missed it.

Pat – When are the OBHS meetings? Every 3rd Thurs.? I was given a really cool antique photo of OB for my birthday by someone who has lived in the area for a very long time. I would really like to know more about it.


Pat May 21, 2009 at 10:36 am

Yes, our meetings are third Thursday every month usually at the Pt. Loma Methodist Church on the corner of Saratoga and Sunset Cliffs at 7pm.
This is also where we house our archives.
You don’t have to be a member to attend!
But if you would like to join, we’ll send you our newsletter and meeting announcements so you will be sure not to miss any of our events.
The cost is $12.00 annually. Forms are available online at or check around town for a copy of our newsletter (form on the back). Thank you!


jon May 21, 2009 at 10:47 am

Thanks for the info Pat. $12.00 seems pretty reasonable for an annual membership. That’s about the price of a latte at starbucks nowadays right?


Pat May 23, 2009 at 7:22 am

It is reasonable – a buck a month not bad, we like to keep our membership up.
I hope you’ll consider joining we have some really interesting programs.
As far as a price of a latte at starbucks I couldn’t tell you.


Mom Mari June 3, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Congrats to everyone….especially Ewing! I now live in Hawaii, but had a place near the foot of Saratoga for a long time. Miss O.B. and truly miss the artists who capture it’s beauty and uniqueness. MAHALO!


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