The theme was “America the Beautiful,” and participants in the 2014 AARP Foundation Calendar Contest came up with a stunning array of examples. Enjoy this slideshow of the winning entries, which are all included in the 2014 calendar.
Stephen Pavkovic - Skokie, IL
For Ronald Harris, Upper Antelope Slot Canyon - Page, AZ, exemplifies the quintessential beauty found in the western part of the country, and it is the perfect representation for the theme “America the Beautiful.” This photograph was taken while he was on a long-awaited trip out west with his wife. Ronald has been interested in photography since he was in his early 20s and has enjoyed having the time to pick it up again in his retirement.
Ronald Harris - Rolla, MO
Kim Williams took the photo Winter Light last winter on one of her many trips to Powder Mountain in East Eden, Utah. The beautiful scene caught her off guard when she looked up and caught the bright blue sky in contrast with the beautiful snowy trees and was "in the right place at the right time" to snap this breathtaking photograph. This photograph represents "America the Beautiful," as it is just one of the many exciting places that Kim has had the opportunity to travel. She considers herself a ‘bag is always packed’ person — always ready to take on the next adventure.
Kim Williams - Middleborough, MA
Paul Trupl and his wife visit New Orleans every spring. When asked how this particular photo represents the theme “America the Beautiful,” Paul points to the beautiful architecture and the energy and life that can only be experienced when in this exciting city. This photograph was taken at five o’clock in the morning when the streets of New Orleans were quiet.
Paul Trupl - Thornton, CO
March 2014 and Front Cover
On his first visit to Moab National Park, Stephen Pavkovic felt like he was right where he belonged, which is why this photo, May Morning in Arches National Park, is the perfect representation of “America the Beautiful” from his point of view. Stephen has been a photographer as a hobby all of his life, and ever since he retired in 2002 the camera has been his best friend — proving that life’s opportunities and potentials are unlimited.
Stephen Pavkovic - Skokie, IL
April is one of the most colorful times in the desert, and for Gordon Guge, who has been living in Arizona for 30 years, it is one of the most beautiful scenes to photograph. April in Arizona is a perfect representation of the splendor found across America. Gordon bought his first camera when he was in college and has been taking photos ever since. In his retirement he has found the one thing that was always missing ―time.
Gordon Guge - Phoenix, AZ
For Joe O’Grady there is no sight more beautiful than the Chicago skyline at night, which is why Buckingham Fountain is the perfect representation of the theme of this year’s calendar. He speaks movingly about the beauty of modern and old that this view encompasses. Joe travels frequently and has been taking photos regularly for the last nine years.
Joe O’Grady - Frankfort, IL
Wonder Wheel, this iconic image of Coney Island, NY, is the epitome of the theme “America the Beautiful” for Janet DeMatteis, who has been living in New York all her life. She has been taking photographs for the last thirty years and has learned to never travel without a camera — you never know when the opportunity will come up to get the perfect shot.
Janet DeMatteis - Forest Hills, NY
Christopher Woods was traveling with his wife when he saw this patriotic image of Two Flags on an island off the coast of Maine. While he has only been taking photographs for the last three years, he has found ways to incorporate his lifelong career of creative writing into his photography and thoroughly enjoys his newfound hobby that he and his wife enjoy together.
Christopher Woods - Houston, TX
For David Krystal, every day is another day in paradise. In the 33 years that he has been living in Hawaii he has found the most beautiful locations and scenery to photograph. Lookin’ @ U is the perfect representation of David’s life, which is filled with happiness surrounded by family and, most importantly, his nine-year-old son, who is an inspiration every step of the way.
David Krystal - Kailua Kona, HI
For Bud Carraway, Alpine Loop is a monument to the American West — featuring the majesty of the mountains and the colors that are found in this region of the country. He started taking photos on outdoor trips when he was very young and it has evolved into a lifelong hobby. Whenever Bud is outdoors there is a camera by his side — ready to capture the magnificence of wide open spaces.
Bud Carraway - Midvale, UT
On David Skinner’s first trip to the Oregon coast this breathtaking view of Cannon Beach was one for the books. For him, this scene represents not only the beauty that you can see from the photograph, but also the experience of visiting this iconic location. Through his travels he has learned to appreciate the beauty that America has to offer and is excited for future explorations of new places across the country.
David Skinner - Stockton, CA
Two years ago Paul Wickersham and his wife discovered this beautiful scene while visiting the Badlands in South Dakota for the first time. For Paul, The Prairie Home is both a representation of the theme of this year’s calendar and a wonderful memory of his experience traveling through this historic part of the country.
Paul Wickersham - Trenary, MI
An eagle is one of the most iconic American symbols there is, which is why Larry Dolhof’s Eagles is the perfect addition to this year’s calendar. You would never guess that this scene was in his own backyard — but it is! Larry became interested in photography when his children were young and has been taking photographs for more than 40 years.
Larry Dolhof - Lyons Falls, NY
Taking photographs is Carrie Beth Wilganowski's true passion. Her photograph, Harpers Ferry, represents the theme of this year’s calendar because it depicts the beauty that is found every day ―when you turn a corner and a scene just strikes you as something that needs to be documented. This photo was taken on a trip to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
Carrie Beth Wilganowski - Spring, TX