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Community photo contest winners

Tehachapi Valley Arts Association and Gallery 'N' Gifts held their annual summer photo contest this month. An awards reception to honor the participants was held on First Friday, Aug. 4. The contest, in its 19th year, featured 86 photos by local amateur photographers in six different categories. Photos will be on display through Aug. 29 at Gallery 'N' Gifts, located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. They are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Best of Show winner was Wes Burcham with a whimsical photo of a squirrel trying to figure out where to hide his bounty.

Other ribbons awarded were:

Best of Show:

Wes Burcham


1st place: Wes Burcham

2nd place: Raymond Burns

3rd place: Alex Ficks

Honorable Mention: Wes Burcham

Landscape & Nature:

1st place: Wes Burcham

2nd place: Chris Naftel

3rd place: Bob Dunn

Honorable Mention:

Linda McDermott,

Stanley Coutant and Raymond Burns

Altered Images:

1st place: Cassie Sarkisian

2nd place: Christine Odom

3rd place: Jessica


1st place: Alex Ficks

2nd place: Mikailey Irvine

3rd place: Cassie Sarkisian

Honorable Mention: Kathy V.

Youth Photography:

1st place: Brooklyn Reagon

Black & White:

1st place: Jessica Everts

2nd place: Francoise Renard

3rd place: Dago V.

Honorable Mention: Alex Ficks