Up Close and Personal: 2022 Peninsula Photo Contest Winners Highlight Dark Moments | New

Christopher Stevens-Yu’s ‘The Lost Years’, shot in San Francisco, won Best in Show and first place in the Adult Portraits category of the 2022 Peninsula Photo Contest. Photo by Christopher Stevens-Yu.

From looking at the world underwater to using flash to illuminate everyday objects in new ways, the winning images from the 2022 Peninsula Photo Contest provide unique insight into otherwise ordinary moments in life. life.

This year’s images showcase the power of creativity and the different ways those behind the lens have chosen to capture unexpected moments of joy, exhaustion and humor.

Their work represents a rich mix of photographic techniques and subject matter: from a curious raccoon emerging from swamp foliage ignoring the hungry alligator just below to a desperate mother following a boy on a scooter amid horizontal blur to the monochrome image of an exhausted father asleep on an old sofa after helping his family clean their house.

For more than two decades, the Palo Alto Weekly and the Palo Alto Art Center have partnered to showcase the images taken by aspiring and professional photographers of all ages through the annual Photo Contest, which includes entries from anyone who works, lives or attends school. in the 650 area code, from Daly City to Sunnyvale.

In this year’s contest, judges reviewed 659 images submitted by 137 adult and youth photographers in six categories: abstract, landscapes, moments, portraits, travel and wildlife.

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