This alumni photo submission feature highlights and celebrates the experiences, travels, and artistic insights of UC Santa Cruz’s diverse and fascinating alumni.

We selected two images for publication in the fall 2014 print issue and included the stories behind them.

But we received so many excellent submissions that we decided to run honorable mentions online, as well.

Print selections

Old mill
Cami Winslow
(College Ten ‘10, anthropology) took this photo of an old wooden mill in the ghost town of Crystal, Colo. While living in Colorado, she saw a postcard with a photo of this mill and thought, “I must go there!” She had to hike in to the mill but says it was worth every mile.

Old door in Erbil
In 2008–2009 Robert Katzenson (Stevenson ‘83, history) was an employee of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Municipalities. He lived in Erbil (the capital of the Kurdish region) and commuted back periodically to his home in the Netherlands. The Erbil Citadel is purportedly the oldest continuously inhabited place in the world and was used by Kurdish refugees fleeing the genocide Saddam Hussein inflicted on the Kurds in the 1990s. The Citadel’s Ottoman-era structures exhibited some stunning period architecture including this image of a derelict door. (More images at

Honorable mentions

Foggy trees
Gideon Parque
(Cowell '97, biology) took this photo of trees in fog in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Oregon, on a hike above Wahkeena Falls in March 2012. 

Steven Terrini
(College Eight '84, psychology) took this photo of four lions slowly walking down the road near his vehicle on a game reserve during a trip to South Africa.

Red bench
Tamara Pinkas
(College 5 [Porter] '76, aesthetic studies) writes of this photo, "After several drizzly days on the road we arrived at our rented cabin along the Athabasca River just outside the town of Jasper in the northern-most park of the Canadian Rockies during the summer of 2013. A quick walk toward the river brought me to this red bench. Suffused with late afternoon sun, the bench invited me to connect with the river, the surrounding forest and the mountains beyond."

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