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“A Focus on Home” Photography Contest Winners

Photography contest winners

This summer, over 150 local photography enthusiasts submitted their work to the “A Focus on Home” Photography Contest, sponsored by Issaquah Highlands and the Issaquah Arts Commission. There were many gorgeous photos of our amazing community submitted by talented youth, teens, and adults. The judging committee, made up of staff and volunteers, had a difficult job choosing the best.

The winners of each category are featured here and will be displayed in the Blakely Hall gallery in the coming months, along with many other incredible photo submissions. Stay tuned for details on an opening reception when it’s safe for us to gather again. You may also see these and other photo submissions in upcoming issues of Connections, or on our website, or our social media.

A big “thank you” to everyone who submitted photos to our first community photography contest. Enjoy this peek at the winning photos.

Winner: Seasonal & Teen

Heidi Foxman
Along the Lake Loop in the Highlands, there is a group of beautiful ruby-red flowers in a field. The flowers are gently placed by a wooden fence along the side of the loop, and as soon as I laid eyes on them, I knew I had to take a photo.

Winner: Life in Action

Ami Desai-Mehta
There’s never a dull moment at Grand View Park! From observing spectacular sunsets and fleeting clouds to dogs running around and an occasional treat of viewing paragliders up close.

Winner: Commercial

Brian Morse
I think it’s safe to say that the neon lights of the Issaquah Highlands Regal Theater are a staple to the area. Whether it’s your first time driving through or you see them every evening, you can’t help but admire them.

Winner: Pets & Wildlife

Tongfeng Wang
There, in addition to the goats, we saw Gigi, the guardian dog doing her job and approaching everybody and every dog close to the fence to make sure we didn’t harm her goats. I think she did a great job and deserves a nice photo, so I took the shot.

Winner: Landscapes & Views (1 of 2)

Grace Xiang
We moved to the Highlands in the summer of 2020…[W]e fell in love with this community right away for the beautiful scenes and views it offers. There’s always something new to explore in the Highlands, and I love to capture them when I have the opportunity.

Winner (1 of 2): Landscapes & Views

Grace Bos
Ethereal

Winner: Youth (Age 12 & Under)

Clara Stowe
One of my favorite times of day during the summer months is sunset at Grand View Park. I took this with an iPhone and was impressed that I was able to capture the lighting, the sun, and the foreground.

Winner: Front Porches

Jenny Lee
Sammy helps keep our front porch pretty. We love sitting with neighbors on our porches around here.

Winner: Parks & Outdoor Art

Yibin Wang
Early morning, lower soccer field of Central Park surrounded by mist.

Winner: Home Maintenance

Dexter Zablocki
This is a photo of my friend Noah Hutchison helping me oil my patio table.

Winner: Drone

Leika Wong
This photograph captures the beauty of the Highlands from the sky, incorporating all of the features that make up our neighborhood, including the view of the mountains, homes, and the pond.

Lindsey Pinkston is the Highlands Council community program manager, and a Wisteria Park resident.