Leo Hamel Announces “Celebrate Your Life” Photo Contest Winners

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Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers Gifts Four San Diego Contest Recipients with a $2,500 Gift Card

Winners of Celebrate Your Life at Leo's Photo Contest!

Amidst nearly 1,000 submissions, Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers has selected four winners to receive a $2,500 Leo Hamel gift card from their Celebrate Your Life at Leo’s Photo Contest.

The contest, which ran from May until the end of August, asked for photos that portrayed life’s celebratory moments. Submissions were classified into four categories: tearjerker, heartwarming, happy and proud.

“We received an outpouring of both touching and memorable photos over the past few months, and we’re pleased to finally have the opportunity to announce the winners to the San Diego community,” says owner and founder, Leo Hamel. “I’d like to congratulate the four winners and thank all those who shared extraordinary photos that celebrate life’s most treasured moments.”
The four winners in their respective category include:

     •Tearjerker – Joycelyn Castañeda: Depicting the unbreakable bond between a father and son,
         Joycelyn Castañeda dressed her newborn in attire similar to that of her husband, who is
         currently serving in the US Navy, to create an emotional, yet inspiring photo.

     •Heartwarming – Kyla Akasha: Capturing the authenticity of a sister’s loving embrace, Kyla
        Akasha shot and submitted a heartfelt candid from her own photo studio.

     •Happy – Jonathan Hicks: There was no second to spare when the wedding photographer    quickly snapped a photo of Jonathan Hicks and his happy bride jumping into a pool during their “Trash the Dress” wedding shot.

  •     Proud – Julie Garden: Julie Garden submitted a photo of her 96-year-old grandmother who stays in touch with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren through an iPad. This photo, taken on her grandmother’s birthday, depicts four generations of women in the family, three of them framed in the screen of the iPad.

Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers has been buying and selling jewelry in the San Diego area for over 33 years. This year they were voted San Diego’s Best Wedding Rings in the A-List contest, and San Diego’s BEST Jeweler for the fifth year in a row in the Union Tribune’s SD BEST poll this year. Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers’ two showrooms in El Cajon and in San Diego near Old Town are the only locations to offer watches and jewelry for sale, and watch and jewelry repair is offered in San Diego only. Nine jewelry-buying locations in San Diego, La Mesa, Solana Beach, Oceanside, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, Chula Vista, and El Cajon specialize in buying your unwanted gold, jewelry, and fine watches.


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