Photo of the Month

Calling All Photographers

The OCWS sponsors a photography contest and you are invited to participate! As you might have guessed, the subject is “wine,” but this can mean many things to many people.

Do you have a great shot of the sun filtering through the vines just before picking? Or an action shot of wine being poured with some great swirls in the glass? Perhaps a romantic shot of a couple toasting each other?

These are a few ideas, and I’m sure you have many more of that great shot involving wine in some way.

Each month the photography committee will select a Photo of the Month for publication in an upcoming Wine Press as well as on the OCWS website. The ultimate goal is to publish an OCWS calendar consisting of the 12 best photos of the year. These may or may not be the 12 monthly winners.

If you have any questions, email

Jim is the OCWS photographer and head of the OCWS photography committee.

Orange County Wine Society member Kevin Coy garnered recognition for the winning photograph last month. Coy snapped this scenic picture in Lodi at Acquiesce Winery and Vineyards using his cell phone.

The photograph of the Month winner for January 2023 is Orange County Wine Society member Craig Rowe with his shot at Brick Barn Wine Estate in Buellton taken in December 2022 with his iPhone.

The above photo was taken by six-year OCWS member Manuela Harral while on a Viking River Cruise with husband Scott on the Rhine River, Sankt Goarshausen, Germany, in October 2021, heading from Prague to Paris.

Chillin’ Along the Coast
The winner of the OCWS’s November Photo Contest is Tamara Reddy for her shot of the Mendocino coast taken at the Pacific Star Winery in Fort Bragg. Congratulations, Tamara.

The October winner of the OCWS Photography contest is Charles Walsh and Penny Nichols with this collaborative entry titled “Wine on the Water.”

This photo was shot on Charles’ cell phone.

Congratulations, Charles and  Penny!

– Jim Burk, OCWS Photographer

The September winner of the OCWS Photography contest is Sue England with her entry titled “Bridge to Heaven.”

This was shot at Halter Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles using a Canon 70D with a Sigma 17-70 mm lens.

Congratulations, Sue!

– Jim Burk, OCWS Photographer

Our August 2022 Photograph of the Month winner was shot by OCWS member, Kim Clark, on her cell phone.

The subject is Sam Clark at the Bellante Family Winery. Congratulations, Kim, great shot!

– Jim Burk, OCWS Photographer