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Dennis Chick - Lakerville, MN

AARP Foundation 2021 Calendar Contest Winners

A tremendous number of entries for the 2021 AARP Foundation Calendar were submitted from across the country. It was a difficult task to narrow down the beautiful photographs we received- but we think you'11 agree that our judges found great examples of our theme, "Unforgettable Moments."

special thank you goes to all of those who submitted photographs, and to our judges: Jim Schaefer, associate dean emeritus of the Graduate School at Georgetown University and history of photography professor; Haili Francis, Major Gifts Officer, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; Dennis Thorp, Graphic Design Project Manager, AARP Foundation.

Winter Cranes

Gary Grossman - Portland, OR

October 2020

Winter Cranes
On a cold wintery day, an early morning trip to a favorite wildlife area near his home became an unforgettable moment for Gary Grossman. While enjoying one ofhis many photography outings, this lifelong hobbyist captured this moment a nearby floc of crames tool flithg after being stirred up by an eagle. Being able to capture the elements of light and nature coming together was a magical experience for Gary.

Ford Lake Sunset

Jim Hanus - Richmond, MI

November 2020

Ford Lake Sunset
Jim Hanus was on a camping trip in Northern Michigan when he took this beautiful photo. Having camped in these woods since he was a child, Jim felt comfortable venturing off the trail to capture the lake from an angle not many usually see. Jim has enjoyed photography for over 40 years and is known to always have his camera with him, even while he's enjoying his other passion, motorcycle riding. 

Gentoo Penguin Preening

Dee Langevin - Townsend, DE

December 2020

Gentoo Penguin Preening
While on a trip to Antarctica, Dee Langevin was able to photograph a rare sighting of a Gen too penguin preening. She had always dreamed of visiting the continent and experiencing the wildlife she had only seen in photos, so capturing this moment was truly unforgettable.  Creating art with her camera has been a passion of Dee's for many years. 

Snowy Sunrise

Dan Holtz - Huntley, IL

January 2021

Snowy Sunrise

When Dan Holtz awoke to a beautiful snowfall in Davenport, Iowa, he knew the scene woujldn't last long one the sun came out. Dan grabbed his camera and ventured out to capture this unforgettable moment. Dan loves being outdoors and has enjoyed photography over the past 20 years.

Struggles in Mud

Gene Jamieson - Boulder Creek, CA

February 2021

Struggles in Mud
Gene Jamieson was up early one morning in Chobe National Park, Botswana, when he came across a family of elephants at the nearby watering hole. He watched as they pulled a struggling baby elephant out of the mud, in awe of the intelligence and sense of family he witnessed, Gene has been capturing the beauty of nature for about four decades.

Golden Gate Sunset

Bob Weder - Palatine, IL

March 2021

Golden Gate Sunset
After decades of living in the Bay Area, Bob Weber wanted to show his loved ones the beauty of the area. He made a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge and captured his dream photo sunset. Bob works with a variety of nonprofits organizations in California and Illinois, helping them with their photography needs while feeding his creative soul.

My Curious Friend

Patricia Patti - Laguna Woods, CA

April 2021

My Curuous Friend
One day while at her house, Patricia Patti noticed a hummingbird posing outside her window. Carefully, she took the screen off the widow and captured this unforgettable moment. While Patricia and her husband Gregory lead a very active retirement life, she also enjoys special quite moments suchs as this one.

After the Rain

Mark Tanner - Temescal Valley, CA

May 2021

After the Rain
When the light shone down on the beautiful rose in Mark Tanner's backyard, he knew he needed to capture the moment. Not only was the lighting perfect, the raindrops dotting the petals after an unusual California rainstrom were just exquisite. Mark is a member of his local photo club, and when he's not looking for the perfect lighting for talking photos, he enjoys working with light in a different way by doing the lighting for his community ballroom.

Mantis Shrimp

Laurie Slawson - Tucson, AZ

June 2021

Threatening Peacock Mantis Shrimp with Eggs
Laurie Slwason was taking an underwater photography workshop in Indonesia when she came face-to-face with the most incredible Mantis Shrimp she had ever seen. She was amazed when she was able to capture this animal throwing up its arms as if it were angry and protecting its eggs. Laurie has been diving and practicing macro photography for 10 years and loves capturing the tiny beauties in the world.

Mandarin Duck

Barry Soloman - Flushing, NY

July 2021

Mandarin Duck
After retiring, Barry Soloman took up urban wildlife photography, frequenting the Bronx Zoo and other New York parks. When he heard about the Mandarin Duck living in the Central Park Pond, he knew he had to take the opportunity to photograph this rare bird. Mandarin Duck encompasses the love Barry has for photographing and learning more about the wildlife he encounters.

Palm Springs Golf Course

Linda Gassman - Charlotte, NC

August 2021

Palm Springs Golf Course
Capturing the last moments of a long-planned trip to Palm Springs led to this unforgettable moment for Linda Gassman. the near-empty golf course summed up the wonderful experience she had while traveling by herself. A paraleal whose creative outlet is photography, Linda encourages the AARP Foundation commuity to take advantage of all the experiences travel has to offer - even if traveling solo.

Camels at Sunset, Rajasthan, India

Gillian Marshall - Norwalk, CT

September 2021

Camels at Sunset, Rajasthan, India
After a full day on a camel safari in India's Thar Desert, Gillian Marshall and her friend took a break to enjoy the sunset while their camels relaxed, shiloutted against the magnificent sky. After noticing the overwhelmnig sense of stillness and silence, she captured this unforgettable moment. Gillian has been taking photos since her childhood and has spent the last 25 years traveling Southeast Asia capturing the diversity, charm, and beautiful landscapes. 

Vermont Farm

Marc Bernstein - Huntersville, NC

October 2021

Vermont Farm
Marc Bernstein has been taking photos for over 40 years. When he saw a picture of this farm near Woodstock, Vermont, in a book, he knew he had to see it for himself. He loved every  moment of his weekend trip to the farm and the early morning photoshoot where he captured this idyllic scene. Also a fan of meteorology, Marc hopes one day to combine his passions by being a storm chaser. 

Spirit Island

Dennis Chick - Lakerville, MN

November 2021

Spirit Island
A retirement road trip led to Dennis Chick capturing this unforgettable moment in Canada's Jasper National Park. Preserving and sharing moments like this has fueled his passion for photography throughout his life. Dennis feels blessed and humbled to be able to share these moments with others and revisit them himself. 

Coyote Gaze

Neil Tandy - Oakdale, NY

December 2021

Coyote Gaze
Neil Tandy has been passionate about photography for over 40 years. He was on a winter trip to Yellostone National Park when he spotted this handsome coyote. As the snow fell and the coyote came closer, Neil snapped this captivating photo of a truly unforgettable moment. Neil hopes to visit many more natinal parks so he can continue capturing beautiful moments in nature. 

Mackinac Island No Cars Allowed

Pete Spaniolo - Muskegon, MI

Inside Cover

Mackinac Island No Cars Allowed
Pete Spanilo has been taking photos since the 35mm camera days. While on Mackinac Island with his wife, he spoted ths scene that perfectly summed up their vacation - the island bikes and beautiful weather. Pete has lived in southwest Michigan his entire life and loves capturing unforgettable moments.

Windmill Ride

Dorothy Palm - North Babylon, NY

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Windmill Ride
While on a cruise with her husband, Dorothy Palm took a walking tour and spotted a group of bikers going by. Dorothy has been taking photos for 40 years so she grabbed her camera to capture this beautiful scene. It was truly perfect at the perfect time!

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