Discover the Magic Behind our 2016 San Mateo Photo Winner

Thank you to all of you who participated in the Bay Meadows 2016 Photo Contest and tagged #baymeadowslife, sharing the very best of life on the Peninsula and continuing to elevate our hometown of San Mateo visually on the map. Finalists rallied and we were amazed how you all rocked the voting process. The results are in and a great, big congratulations to Christel @kisstel143 is in order! A magical image along North Ridge Trail in San Mateo County was the (overwhelmingly popular) 2016 Winner with an amazing 489 votes, 75 shares and 22 comments as of midnight Jan 15th.

North Ridge Trail captured by @kisstel143

We caught up with Christel to get the story behind the popular photo and asked her for a few lifestyle and photography tips too. Read the interview:

Describe your experience along North Ridge Trail:
Magical! For us including the kids. The amazing redwoods, watching the fog rolling in against the sunset, and the breathtaking views. We also spot a lot of deer, bunnies, banana slugs, newts, birds, berries, and lots more.

What made you stop to capture this particular photo?
The kids love to slide in this specific spot. They heard a bird singing and were trying to find it. Haha! But I do want to capture and promote family adventures, enjoying nature and taking a break from technology once in a while.

Name three of your favorite San Mateo County Park spots:
Ahhhh!!! There’s so many!!! But definitely, Purisima Creek (where this trail is from), Edgewood, Coyote Point and Fitzgerald Marine Reserve will have to take third place together because our family loves the water too!

Any favorite filters you use?
Anything bright or vintage.

Secret Photo Tip?
Play with lights. Best light is early morning or near sunset. Candid shots are my favorite!

Additional photos that proved popular included this colorful and symmetrical photo by @shannonbadiee (135 votes!), which has an interesting story, as one voter pointed out.

Bank of America Mural San Mateo by @shannonbadiee

Ryder Court Park by @fabisp2012

A dog pile during a local outing by @pointfetchmatch

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