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Photography Competition

Inspired by the Land

CANCELLED 1 to September 1, 2018

“There are 130 acres in the place, and they are 130 acres of the most beautiful, primitive land to be found in California. There are great redwoods on it, some of them thousands of years old. . . in fact, the redwoods are as fine and magnificent as any to be found anywhere outside the tourists groves. Also there are great firs, tanbark oaks, maples, live-oaks, white-oaks, black-oaks, madrone and manzanita galore. There are canyons, several streams of water, many springs ... I have been riding all over these hills, looking for just such a place, and I must say that I have never seen anything like it.” — Jack London 1905.  

We are inspired by the land and what it provides us - peace, calm, homes and livelihood. After the recent fire scourge in Sonoma County, we reaffirm our reliance on the land and it becomes more special and inspires us daily. Overlooked by Sonoma Mountain, sacred to native Americans, Jack London State Historic park is imbued by a beautiful light that transcends the park, illuminating historic stone buildings of the Beauty Ranch; enclosed by Redwoods and Douglas Firs which highlight the vineyards. There is a story to be told about the 2,000-year-old Ancient Redwood, gnarled and misshapen by the impact of the passing years. The ruins of the Wolf House may inspire you to tell the story of Jack London’s house of dashed dreams. These sensual delights will inspire the photographer in you to express your story; enter our Inspired by the Land Jack London State Historic Park Photography Contest. Adults 18 and older are invited to enter. CANCELLED

Meet the Judges

For over 25 years, Ray Mabry has used his experience in photography to capture images in architecture, landscape and abstract forms. Starting out, Ray would process his own black and white film and enlargements and loves the creative expression that photography has to offer.

Ray has an extensive background in computer technology and digital imagery and the switch to digital photography in 2001 was a natural move. He is able to capture imagery to further explore new ideas in digital photography and streamline his process through the digital darkroom.

A writer for several online photography blogs, a photography instructor and photojournalist, his goal is to capture the sights, sounds, and feel of the environment and translate those senses into a visual experience that will transcend the two-dimensional bounds of the photograph itself.

Meet Ron Berchin here.


Direct any questions to Contest Chair Deborah Large dlarge@jacklondonpark.com


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