Congratulations to Flickr community member Erin Malone (erin_designr) of San Francisco, CA!

Her stunning set of Alviso Slough pinhole images wowed our KQED QUEST editorial staff. Her winning submission did a wonderful job of expressing a sense of locale, with a passion for nature, via a process that captures something unexpected and essential.

In her own words:

“…My process is primarily to make long exposures with pinhole and zoneplate rather than a glass lens. These long exposures made on Polaroid material force me to slow down and to appreciate the beauty around me. I make beautiful, impressionistic images in a place that many see as ugly. My hope is that these images change their mind about the hidden beauty here.”

This was a very difficult decision to make for us – we hope to do another YPOQ call in the near future. If you wish, you may leave your submissions open and we will consider them again in the next round. Sincere thanks to all who participated.

For those of you who are interested in entering the future, sign up for our email newsletter to get an announcement for the next submission call, or head on over to our Flickr photo group for KQED QUEST.

Craig Rosa is the Interactive Producer for KQED QUEST.

Your Photos on QUEST: And the Winner is… 13 March,2016Craig Rosa

  • Wow Erin, those photos are really fantastic. Some look like impressionist paintings. Are any available for purchase?

  • hi jim – every image is available for purchase – drop me an email at erin at and I can give you more information about prints and prices.

  • Mary Donato

    Erin– congratulations! Forum participants at have known about your wonderful ZP photographs for a while now. Glad to see your work is getting the wider audience it deserves!

  • Delio Ansovini

    Nice to see you getting recognition, congratulations. Delio

  • Livia Labate

    Kudos Erin, fantastic as alway as always!

  • Great job Erin. This is awesome work. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to meet up again soon.

  • Awesome work, Erin! I am trying to pick a favorite but it’s impossible. (And I am so glad you are wearing RED)

  • Very cool, Erin! Welcome to the club ;^)


Craig Rosa

Craig Rosa is KQED's Senior Interactive Producer for Science & Environment. Prior to joining KQED in October of 2006, he spent 11 years with The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, where he worked to create innovative educational visitor experiences online and within the museum space. He was also responsible for the museum's Information Services operations. He began his informal science interpretation career at the Brooklyn Children's Museum as an Assistant Exhibit Developer and Greenhouse Program Coordinator. Craig has a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA, and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University.

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