Old Monterey Foundation, Padre Trails Camera Club and Myrick Photographic recently teamed up to hold a special Lower Presidio Historic Park Photo Contest. Dozens of outstanding entries depicting various scenes in the Lower Presidio Historic Park were submitted and judged by Stephen Myrick, owner of Myrick Photographic and Liza Linsao of the City of Monterey and owner of Liza Linsao Photography.

  The photos were judged by the basic elements of a good photographic image, composition, exposure, subject interest, sharpness, and creativity.

Thanks to all photographers who participated, and for sharing their photographs with the Old Monterey Foundation.

 The winners include:

 Lower Presidio Historic Park - Monterey, CA1st                                            1st place       Christopher Axe              

Sunrise at the Park2nd               2nd place         Carol Silveira    “Sunrise at the Park”                 

Brute Bud3rd      3rd Place                  Benjamin Steel             “Brute Bud”

Honorable Mentions:


Chris Johnson     (3 images)

sloat monument 3
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Christopher Axe                                                    Carol Silveira                    

The first place winner received a 12×18 canvas gallery wrap of their winning image donated by Myrick Photographic and a “Friends of the Lower Presidio” membership ($100 value) donated by Old Monterey Foundation. The second and third place winners received a $25 gift certificate from Myrick Photographic and a “Friends of the Lower Presidio” membership ($100 value). There were also $20 cash prizes each for participants whose images receive Honorable Mentions that were provided by Padre Trails Camera Club. For any questions, call (831) 633-4444 or email

Padre Trails Camera Club (PTCC) has been an active forum for photographers on the Monterey Peninsula since 1948. Today, Club members express their artistic creativity through digital photography and print making. PTCC members benefit through open discussion, image and technique sharing, informational programs, field trips, “Group Shoots” and friendly competition. The meetings are free and open to the public and the schedule is on the website, Annual membership is $30/year. Whether you shoot film or capture images digitally, whether you’re experienced or just beginning, if your goal is to create more compelling images, Padre Trails Camera Club can help.

 Stephen Myrick, owner of Myrick Photographic, is one of the judges of theLower Presidio Historic Park Photo Contest. Since 1979, the award-winning Myrick Photographic has been the first choice of many professional and amateur photographers. Myrick Photographic stocks a wide selection of photographic products and related items from many renowned brands at their retail store located at 1193 10th Street (next to Vapor Cleaners) in Monterey and in their popular online store at Myrick Photographic offers the finest selection of pre-owned photographic equipment on the Central Coast. They also stock tripods, camera bags, filters, batteries, chargers and many camera accessories. In addition they have a selection of darkroom supplies and binoculars. Myrick Photographic can print your favorite images from wallet size to as large as 40″ x 60″ and they print from your mobile device too. Their photofinishing lab also produces canvas prints, premium photo books and photo-albums, wall art and related accessories. They provide video transferring and archiving, video duplication, USA passport photos, enlargements, photo-retouching, restoration, film, slide and print scanning services in house. Printing your photos is a breeze via their online ordering portal. Their photo lab is equipped with the finest photo finishing equipment and their knowledgeable, experienced staff is always available to help customers find the best solutions for their photographic needs. For more information, go to

The Lower Presidio Historic Park, described as “The Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast” and “One of the Most Beautiful Places in Monterey” is on its way to becoming a true historic public park to be enjoyed by locals and visitors. Old Monterey Foundation, in cooperation with the City of Monterey and Department of the Army, has raised initial funds to begin Phase One of the project to enhance and restore this historic 25.3-acre site and is now seeking public donations to help complete Phase One of the $680,000 project. Old Monterey Foundation invites everyone to become members of “Friends of the LowerPresidio” and make tax-deductible donations to more quickly restore the park.

 The Lower Presidio Historic Park is one of the least-visited historic parks in the area due to some confusion about whether the public is allowed in the area.   Situated in a “hidden in plain sight” location, the Park can be found on Corporal Ewing Drive above Pacific Street at the Lighthouse Curve in Downtown Monterey. The park features spectacular views of the Monterey Bay and Harbor and will become a jewel of the City of Monterey’s park system.

To become a member of “Friends of the Lower Presidio”, individuals and businesses can donate at  (under the “Friends….tab) or call (831) 521-2313 for more information. These donations will help Old Monterey Foundation to complete the immediate goal of completing Phase One of the project at the end of 2016 and to make progress beyond that time for the 200th Anniversary of the Bouchard Raid in 1818 and Monterey’s 250th birthday in June 2020.