Here are the winning photos from the 2009 California Dreamin' International Event.

We received a total of 51 entries to the photo contest this year. Our sincere thanks to Jerry Raines, Dave Liebman and Liz Friedman for their hours of discussion and deliberation in choosing the winners. Thanks also to Liz for sorting the entries and updating the gallery website, and to Terry Auspitz for creating the hidden galleries from which the judges could simultaneously view all images in a category.

The winning entries are posted below. A complete gallery of all submitted photos with thumbnails and full-size photos has been posted. Please click the above link to view.

A couple notes about the judging this year. After much deliberation, a winner was chosen in each of the five categories. We then went on to select the "Best in Show" winner from those five. The Best in Show winner will receive a $50 discount off next year's event, and the other four Category Winners will each receive a $25 discount of next year's Event. Honorable Mentions were awarded to all the shots that we thought deserved a special call-out. In some cases, they were only one point away from winning their category. Thanks to everyone who entered and for all of the fabulous shots that were submitted!

So, without further ado, here are our winners.

BEST IN SHOW AND CATEGORY WINNER (Flowers & Plants): My Georgia O'Keefe by Bonnie Rubin

WINNER Scenery: Cave Hopping by Jack Bleich

WINNER People: Dana by Ken Fisher

WINNER Critters: Cows Out for a Stroll by Shari Maron

WINNER Action: Horseback Ride by George Lissauer

HONORABLE MENTION Flowers & Plants Wood by Diane Gish

HONORABLE MENTION Flowers & Plants: Tomatoes by Diane Gish

HONORABLE MENTION Flowers & Plants: Life on the Edge by Michael Mackaplow

HONORABLE MENTION People: Ken by Ken Fisher

HONORABLE MENTION People: Taking it All Inby Meryl Mazursky

HONORABLE MENTION People: Ben by Ken Fisher

HONORABLE MENTION Scenery: Garden at the Getty Center by Marshall Zwick

HONORABLE MENTION Scenery: On Top of the World by Bonnie Rubin

HONORABLE MENTION Scenery: Facesby Michael Mackaplow

HONORABLE MENTION Scenery: Forging Our Own Trails on the Difficult Hike by Daniel Sklar

HONORABLE MENTION Scenery: Rich in Scenery by Ken Fisher

Again -- you can visit the GALLERY to see all photos submitted.

Thanks to EVERYONE for the great entries. We look forward to seeing you in 2009!

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