The Loreto Project: Vote for your favorite photos

Back cover of the 'limited' edition 2010 Loreto Calendar.
Back cover of the 'limited' edition 2010 Loreto Calendar.
Back cover of the 'limited' edition 2010 Loreto Calendar.
Back cover of the 'limited' edition 2010 Loreto Calendar.

The 2011 Loreto Calendar photo contest has concluded. We now move to the second phase of this community project which is the selection of the finalists that will be published in the 2011 edition.

Finalists will be chosen from the photos below. Please note I am waiting for 10 more photos from a photographer that submitted her photos through a link on Flickr. Once I get the photos, I will add them to this gallery. [Update 9/19/2010: The gallery has been updated with 10 photos from Lilia Lima. Note these were submitted prior to the Aug 31 deadline, they were just not in the format needed to be included in the below gallery.]

2011 Loreto Calendar Photo ContestYou can view the entire gallery of photos submitted. You can click on a photo to view a larger size of the photo. It will also be tagged with a number. You can help with the selection process by commenting on which photos (by description and number so there are no ambiguities) are your favorites.

This year, all proceeds from the sale of the Loreto Calendar will benefit Eco Alianza, a Loreto non-profit that helps promote environmental awareness in the community. To date the Loreto Project has raised $5,566 for charitable non-profit organizations in Loreto.

You can support this initiative by pre-ordering your calendars here: 2011 Loreto Calendar Order Form.

We anticipate about $9 from each calendar sold will be donated to Eco Alianza. This is based on current printing costs. To find out what previous Loreto Calendars have supported, check out the 2011 Loreto Calendar page to view past supporters and community impact.

Thanks to all the talented and passionate photographers who have volunteered their photos. Because of you, we will be publishing the best calendar yet to remind us 365 days of the year, the beauty of Loreto. We will also know that the proceeds from this year’s calendar will do a small part to help protect that natural beauty.

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  • Jim Hallett FN 467

    My votes:

    79 wagon
    78 peninsula
    87 mountains and clouds
    89 canyon waterfall
    93 trees with colored sky
    103 red mountains
    115 community pool
    83 fisherman with net
    32 Coronado Is. (all blue)
    21 Bay with Nopolo rock
    19 golf course bridge
    48 colorful homes in the dark
    64 hooded oriole

    In general I don’t like gimmicky pictures. I want something I’ll enjoy looking at for a month…..Jim Hallett FN 467

  • Jim Hallett FN 467

    My votes:

    79 wagon
    78 peninsula
    87 mountains and clouds
    89 canyon waterfall
    93 trees with colored sky
    103 red mountains
    115 community pool
    83 fisherman with net
    32 Coronado Is. (all blue)
    21 Bay with Nopolo rock
    19 golf course bridge
    48 colorful homes in the dark
    64 hooded oriole

    In general I don’t like gimmicky pictures. I want something I’ll enjoy looking at for a month…..Jim Hallett FN 467

  • Jim Hallett FN 467

    My votes:

    79 wagon
    78 peninsula
    87 mountains and clouds
    89 canyon waterfall
    93 trees with colored sky
    103 red mountains
    115 community pool
    83 fisherman with net
    32 Coronado Is. (all blue)
    21 Bay with Nopolo rock
    19 golf course bridge
    48 colorful homes in the dark
    64 hooded oriole

    In general I don’t like gimmicky pictures. I want something I’ll enjoy looking at for a month…..Jim Hallett FN 467

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Jim for your feedback!

  • Charles Smith

    So hard to fill only one calendar from these great photo’s. My vote is for:
    18 Golf course AV and mountains
    21 Bay in front of LB
    26 Humming bird in nest
    32 Coronado in blue
    53 Cactus
    54 Small girl
    64 Hooded oriole
    71 Margarita
    76 Sunrise over Carmen
    83 Fishermand throwing net
    93 Sunrise at 14th green
    100 Girl with candles

    Charles Smith FN 188

  • Charles Smith

    So hard to fill only one calendar from these great photo’s. My vote is for:
    18 Golf course AV and mountains
    21 Bay in front of LB
    26 Humming bird in nest
    32 Coronado in blue
    53 Cactus
    54 Small girl
    64 Hooded oriole
    71 Margarita
    76 Sunrise over Carmen
    83 Fishermand throwing net
    93 Sunrise at 14th green
    100 Girl with candles

    Charles Smith FN 188

  • Charles Smith

    So hard to fill only one calendar from these great photo’s. My vote is for:
    18 Golf course AV and mountains
    21 Bay in front of LB
    26 Humming bird in nest
    32 Coronado in blue
    53 Cactus
    54 Small girl
    64 Hooded oriole
    71 Margarita
    76 Sunrise over Carmen
    83 Fishermand throwing net
    93 Sunrise at 14th green
    100 Girl with candles

    Charles Smith FN 188

  • 19 Estuary and bridge – I wish I was viewing this from a kayak
    22 Sunrise with clouds – we’ve seen many gorgeous sunrises on the water, but the clouds add a special energy and beauty to the photo
    74 Heron and Egrets – The Herons and egrets in Loreto have a special spiritual energy
    120 Blue footed bubis – I’ve never seen these birds close up..I love them
    126 Girl jumping over sand – I would love to tap into this carefree joy for a month
    130 Night scene buildings and bell tower – look at the lush, serene scene our stretch of sand has become

  • 19 Estuary and bridge – I wish I was viewing this from a kayak
    22 Sunrise with clouds – we’ve seen many gorgeous sunrises on the water, but the clouds add a special energy and beauty to the photo
    74 Heron and Egrets – The Herons and egrets in Loreto have a special spiritual energy
    120 Blue footed bubis – I’ve never seen these birds close up..I love them
    126 Girl jumping over sand – I would love to tap into this carefree joy for a month
    130 Night scene buildings and bell tower – look at the lush, serene scene our stretch of sand has become

  • 19 Estuary and bridge – I wish I was viewing this from a kayak
    22 Sunrise with clouds – we’ve seen many gorgeous sunrises on the water, but the clouds add a special energy and beauty to the photo
    74 Heron and Egrets – The Herons and egrets in Loreto have a special spiritual energy
    120 Blue footed bubis – I’ve never seen these birds close up..I love them
    126 Girl jumping over sand – I would love to tap into this carefree joy for a month
    130 Night scene buildings and bell tower – look at the lush, serene scene our stretch of sand has become

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Jane for the votes and your comments on the photos.

  • Cathy

    Boy, this is really hard – they’re all so wonderful. Here’s my favorites: 131, 117, 89, 81, 75, 72, 71, 54, 24, 22, 19, 18, and 13. Of these my 3 top choices are #71The Margarita on the Tower, #54 the Cute Girl with Sandy Hands, and #18 the Golf Course, AV and Mtns at sunrise.

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  • Cathy

    Boy, this is really hard – they’re all so wonderful. Here’s my favorites: 131, 117, 89, 81, 75, 72, 71, 54, 24, 22, 19, 18, and 13. Of these my 3 top choices are #71The Margarita on the Tower, #54 the Cute Girl with Sandy Hands, and #18 the Golf Course, AV and Mtns at sunrise.

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    • Anonymous

      Cathy, Votes received! :-)

  • Chris S.

    Here are my 12 choices..all of which pass my “30 day stare-at-it” requirement!
    0,1,7,19,20,53,56,69,87,93,98,102.

  • It was a very interesting and difficult task to try and ‘vote’ on favorites for this year’s calendar. I probably should have just grabbed a margarita and not thought so hard about it! At first I thought what pleases me visually…composition, color, shape, and texture? Then I thought, what brings out an emotion? What about a different perspective of a familiar place? Then I thought…the context of a calendar and variety…how should that be? Loni that one is up to you!! ha ha!! So after all that….here are my favorites at least for tonight!!! Ask me tomorrow and the list would change (-: with such wonderful choices! Thanks to everyone for the powerful and beautiful selection of images this year. Can’t wait for mine!
    In no order of priority:
    105 classic Loreto image with a seasonal twist-December
    69- gotta have a whale for a ‘whale’ of a Loreto calendar
    100-girl in church…just love the ‘feel’ of this image
    53-interesting treatment of the common, nice composition, suttle
    81-sunrise…ahhhhhh
    80-lighting and pastel colors are delicious
    83-classic activity in Loreto represented in a wonderful image…how do you do that David?
    112-colorful underwater photo of eel reminds us of beauty beneath the sea
    120-yes I love my blue footed bubis!!
    46-night sky and wide angle is dramatic
    45-subtle and causes us to look closer at nature around us
    That’s my 12 for tonight. Keep shooting and sharing!!

    • Thanks for the feedback Deborah and all your support! First round ends this Friday. Weekend is when we’ll make the cuts for round 2.

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  • Deborah Scanlon

    It was a very interesting and difficult task to try and ‘vote’ on favorites for this year’s calendar. I probably should have just grabbed a margarita and not thought so hard about it! At first I thought what pleases me visually…composition, color, shape, and texture? Then I thought, what brings out an emotion? What about a different perspective of a familiar place? Then I thought…the context of a calendar and variety…how should that be? Loni that one is up to you!! ha ha!! So after all that….here are my favorites at least for tonight!!! Ask me tomorrow and the list would change (-: with such wonderful choices! Thanks to everyone for the powerful and beautiful selection of images this year. Can’t wait for mine!
    In no order of priority:
    105 classic Loreto image with a seasonal twist-December
    69- gotta have a whale for a ‘whale’ of a Loreto calendar
    100-girl in church…just love the ‘feel’ of this image
    53-interesting treatment of the common, nice composition, suttle
    81-sunrise…ahhhhhh
    80-lighting and pastel colors are delicious
    83-classic activity in Loreto represented in a wonderful image…how do you do that David?
    112-colorful underwater photo of eel reminds us of beauty beneath the sea
    120-yes I love my blue footed bubis!!
    46-night sky and wide angle is dramatic
    45-subtle and causes us to look closer at nature around us
    That’s my 12 for tonight. Keep shooting and sharing!!

  • Chris S.

    Here are my 12 choices..all of which pass my “30 day stare-at-it” requirement!
    0,1,7,19,20,53,56,69,87,93,98,102.

  • Cathy

    Boy, this is really hard – they’re all so wonderful. Here’s my favorites: 131, 117, 89, 81, 75, 72, 71, 54, 24, 22, 19, 18, and 13. Of these my 3 top choices are #71The Margarita on the Tower, #54 the Cute Girl with Sandy Hands, and #18 the Golf Course, AV and Mtns at sunrise.

  • Jane Lurie

    19 Estuary and bridge – I wish I was viewing this from a kayak
    22 Sunrise with clouds – we’ve seen many gorgeous sunrises on the water, but the clouds add a special energy and beauty to the photo
    74 Heron and Egrets – The Herons and egrets in Loreto have a special spiritual energy
    120 Blue footed bubis – I’ve never seen these birds close up..I love them
    126 Girl jumping over sand – I would love to tap into this carefree joy for a month
    130 Night scene buildings and bell tower – look at the lush, serene scene our stretch of sand has become

  • So hard to fill only one calendar from these great photo’s. My vote is for:
    18 Golf course AV and mountains
    21 Bay in front of LB
    26 Humming bird in nest
    32 Coronado in blue
    53 Cactus
    54 Small girl
    64 Hooded oriole
    71 Margarita
    76 Sunrise over Carmen
    83 Fishermand throwing net
    93 Sunrise at 14th green
    100 Girl with candles

    Charles Smith FN 188

  • So hard to fill only one calendar from these great photo’s. My vote is for:
    18 Golf course AV and mountains
    21 Bay in front of LB
    26 Humming bird in nest
    32 Coronado in blue
    53 Cactus
    54 Small girl
    64 Hooded oriole
    71 Margarita
    76 Sunrise over Carmen
    83 Fishermand throwing net
    93 Sunrise at 14th green
    100 Girl with candles

    Charles Smith FN 188

  • Charles Smith

    So hard to fill only one calendar from these great photo’s. My vote is for:
    18 Golf course AV and mountains
    21 Bay in front of LB
    26 Humming bird in nest
    32 Coronado in blue
    53 Cactus
    54 Small girl
    64 Hooded oriole
    71 Margarita
    76 Sunrise over Carmen
    83 Fishermand throwing net
    93 Sunrise at 14th green
    100 Girl with candles

    Charles Smith FN 188

  • Jim Hallett FN 467

    My votes:

    79 wagon
    78 peninsula
    87 mountains and clouds
    89 canyon waterfall
    93 trees with colored sky
    103 red mountains
    115 community pool
    83 fisherman with net
    32 Coronado Is. (all blue)
    21 Bay with Nopolo rock
    19 golf course bridge
    48 colorful homes in the dark
    64 hooded oriole

    In general I don’t like gimmicky pictures. I want something I’ll enjoy looking at for a month…..Jim Hallett FN 467

  • Parohe75

    We love this photos
    Contest-121

  • paola galaviz

    I love 120

  • My picks. Again, do we have to only choose 12 or is there a back cover mosaic like last year?

    93 – To me, this is the first vision of Loreto I think about. I’ve shot this tree and of Carmen at different times of the day and year.

    20 – The mangroves, the tower at the Inn, the mountains. Crisp colors, 3 superb icons.

    46 – I love night shots since it takes quite a bit of technical knowhow. I love how the glow reaches from behind the silhouetted mountains to reveal the stars towering above our little village.

    53 – A peek at the turquoise sea between the contrast of the prickly green cactus reminds us of where we are.

    61 – Talk about angles and perspective. I actually love all 3 (59, 60). Again all at night but the strong composition draws you across the entire photo. I like this one because it leads you to Nopolo.

    71 – Margaritas on the tower. Yes please. Hopefully I will be invited one of these days.

    83 – Catching bait to catch our dinner. These guys walk around the docks with handmade nets and have an eye where the anchovies are boiling in the bay.

    89 – Love this hike though Tabor Canyon. This is where the mountains start to spill into the sea.

    112 – The wildlife here is so unexpected. Love the colors but when you swim right above these critters and notice them last minute, it’ll get your heart racing.

    120 – Blue footed boobies? Crazy. I’m sure there is quite an effort to locate these little guys. Feels like a National Geographic visit to the Galapagos.

    130 – Little town of Loreto. There is scenery to behold even at night.

    78 – Love these little lagoons to look out over. I want to kayak around the peninsula right now as I sit at my desk typing these words.

    So many great photographs with a boat load of people who are enthused about Loreto as much as we are. A very special collection that all should be displayed together at some art gallery of visitors center.

  • My picks. Again, do we have to only choose 12 or is there a back cover mosaic like last year?

    93 – To me, this is the first vision of Loreto I think about. I’ve shot this tree and of Carmen at different times of the day and year.

    20 – The mangroves, the tower at the Inn, the mountains. Crisp colors, 3 superb icons.

    46 – I love night shots since it takes quite a bit of technical knowhow. I love how the glow reaches from behind the silhouetted mountains to reveal the stars towering above our little village.

    53 – A peek at the turquoise sea between the contrast of the prickly green cactus reminds us of where we are.

    61 – Talk about angles and perspective. I actually love all 3 (59, 60). Again all at night but the strong composition draws you across the entire photo. I like this one because it leads you to Nopolo.

    71 – Margaritas on the tower. Yes please. Hopefully I will be invited one of these days.

    83 – Catching bait to catch our dinner. These guys walk around the docks with handmade nets and have an eye where the anchovies are boiling in the bay.

    89 – Love this hike though Tabor Canyon. This is where the mountains start to spill into the sea.

    112 – The wildlife here is so unexpected. Love the colors but when you swim right above these critters and notice them last minute, it’ll get your heart racing.

    120 – Blue footed boobies? Crazy. I’m sure there is quite an effort to locate these little guys. Feels like a National Geographic visit to the Galapagos.

    130 – Little town of Loreto. There is scenery to behold even at night.

    78 – Love these little lagoons to look out over. I want to kayak around the peninsula right now as I sit at my desk typing these words.

    So many great photographs with a boat load of people who are enthused about Loreto as much as we are. A very special collection that all should be displayed together at some art gallery of visitors center.

  • paola galaviz

    I love 120

  • Parohe75

    We love this photos
    Contest-121

  • Ariel

    There are lots of great ones:
    20, 29 or Isla Coranado, 48, 55, 64, 69, 81, 84, 89, 97, 101, 107, 117, 126, 136, 138

    • Thanks Ariel for your vote! First round voting cut off is this Friday :-). Decisions will be hard.

  • Meg

    My vote:
    46, 80, 81, 83, 85, 86, *100, *101, 104, 126, 129, 131

    *my favorites
    Meg

  • DarleneT8

    So many excellent choices – have not done a full 12 selections however my fav’s are:
    1 – 19 – 93 – 109 – 112 – 117 – 122 – 131 – 141

    Image #131, with a north star in the sky, is reminiscent of an “O Little Town of Bethlehem” image for Christmas – great job to all!!!

  • DarleneT8

    oops meant 121 NOT 122 – lo siento

  • Damian Smith

    5
    6
    11
    53
    83
    100
    117
    126
    128
    130
    137
    139

  • Jmsauvageau

    Well shoot, I left individual comments three weeks ago on the photos I liked….here is a recap i think…
    1, 7, 20, 26, 38, 69, 75, 83, 87, 112, 118, 120, 126 and 132.

  • These are wonderful! I’ve never been to Loreto so I selected shots that give me a feeling for what it must be like.
    145 – bird over beach, Lima
    130 – night scene, Valera
    128 – girls in doorway, Valera
    126 – girl leaping on beach, Valera
    100 – girl with candles, Valera
    99 – old building (mission?), Valera
    60 – long exposure bridge, Hawley
    46 – starry night scene, Quejada
    40 – Mexican art sign, Sauvageau
    33 – grass through arch, Sauvageau
    19 – daytime bridge, Getman
    18 – sky, rocks, buildings, grass, Getman

  • SUE MORGANROTH

    Hi Loni, Here are my votes, it was really hard this year…sooooo many are great. Remember, we have to look at each one for a month….don’t care for feet!

    #71 (with a recipe, I hope.)
    #139
    #130
    #105
    #69
    #53
    #46
    #39
    #33
    #20
    #18
    #34

  • GcsmitH

    They are all excellent photos, how would one choose???

    • Deborah

      do what i did….grab a margarita and be spontaneous!!!

  • Dennis Bentley

    Don’t know if you are still taking comments but here goes:

    5, 18, 31, 69, 74, 75, 79, 93, 98, 99, 119, 128, 131, 133

    Very tough!

    Dennis, AV-55