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130 plus reasons to visit Delicato Saturday
This picture titled “Journey” was taken by Manteca photographer Danny Achiebeque who also won the Best of Show in the 14th annual Delicato Vineyards Photography Show. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO
There are more than 130 reasons to visit Delicato Family Vineyards on Saturday.

First and foremost is the awards and reception for all the photographers who took part in the 14th Annual Photography Show hosted by the winery. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the winery’s Tasting Room where the entries have been on display since June 28.

Mantecan Danny Archibeque captured the coveted Best of Show award with his picture, “Inferno,” showing a pair of firefighters battling a conflagration. He also got the judge’s nod for honorable mention in the people/portrait category with his haunting close-up picture of a woman in colorful head gear which he simply titled “Journey.”

Other Manteca photographers received awards for their entries. Kelli Moulden won honorable mention in the Animals category for her entry, “Happy Endings.” Bob Moulden’s picture of the Moving Wall taken during the Memorial Day ceremonies at Woodward Park earned third place in the Manteca scenes category. The title of his picture was “We Will Never Forget.” Kayla Miller’s highly humorous photograph of a “Giraffe Cat” earned her second place in the Animals category.

Two of the four photographs by Mantecan Richard Aksland which were accepted for display also won in the Landscape/Nature category: “Paso Robles Spring” and “Painted Milk.”

The emotional highlight of the show is the third place winning entry in the Other category. It’s a haunting scene taken in New York last year by the late Jeanette Mathews titled “Single Pathway.” The daughter of Kim and Marie Mathews, and the granddaughter of Vince and Dorothy Indelicato, Jeannette passed away suddenly on April 17, 2009 in Fresno where she was attending Fresno Pacific University. She was 19 years old. The photographs were taken just a few weeks before she died. She had planned to enter some of the photos in the contest , said Dorothy Indelicato who selected the pieces that were entered in the show.

Other categories in this year’s photography contest were Landscape/Nature, Travel/Architecture, and Other. Photographers came from all over with some from Gardnerville in Nevada near the California border east of Lake Tahoe, Valley Springs, Burlingame in the Bay Area, Oakley, Coulterville, Sacramento, Atwater and Livermore, among others.

The judge this year was Chuck Pivetti, a widely known professional photographer from Carmichael, Calif.

The display will be open for public viewing today from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday up to the awards and reception in the afternoon.

A Visitor’s Choice Award will be awarded as well with the winner receiving a $75 gift certificate.

Delicato Vineyards is located at 120011 S. Highway 99 about a mile north of Manteca. For further details, call (209) 824-3500 or visit their web site at