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Pleasanton residents shine in local nonprofit's photo contest

Pleasanton resident Janice Wei took home first place for her photo "Livermore Farm Land" in this year's Freeze Frame Photography Competition presented by Tri-Valley Conservancy, a local nonprofit that strives to protect open space for parks, farms, trails, ranches and wildlife habitat in the area.

In its photography contest, the nonprofit gave out awards for first through third place in adult and youth categories, and the selected photos will be featured in Tri-Valley Conservancy's traveling exhibit, 2017 desk calendar and other communications throughout the year.

"When community members can see the many ways we utilize our land, it builds an appreciation and sense of value for open spaces," Laura Mercier, Tri-Valley Conservancy executive director, said in a statement. "It also inspires future generations to get outside, explore, and discover real natural beauty."

In the adult category, Pleasanton resident Brad Rank earned second place for his photo "After the Rains," and Livermore's Barry Zupan captured third place and people's choice honors for "Sunset Over the Vineyards."

In the youth category, Livermore resident Jake Siders won first place and people's choice for "Harvest, Hill, and Hay Fields." Pleasanton's Kaitlyn Pang took second and third place, respectively, for her photos "Cherry Blossom" and "Orange Poppies."

The contest was open to adults and children in sixth grade through high school living in the communities of Pleasanton, Sunol, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon, according to the nonprofit.

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