Readers Photo Challenge: Fair play

“Play” is the subject of the current Readers Photo Challenge. Play is essential to modern human life. It helps to relax, recharge our batteries and, most importantly have fun. Eleven readers sent in 33 photos of people in various iterations of play. Here are the top picks.


Children are naturals at playing. The fun they have is filled with joy. Steven Rapaport of Stockton photographed his grandson Elliott Hunt running on the playground equipment at Atherton Park in Stockton. He’s seems to having so much fun that he isn’t even aware of that his picture is being taken and Rapaport took advantage of that fact and captured the moment with his Apple iPhone 8.


Beaches are great places to find people playing, especially children. Teresa Mahnken of Morada used a Samsung Galaxy smartphone to photograph her grand nieces Harper Jordan, 8, left, and Wren Jordan, 6, as the jumped over a approaching small wave while playing on the beach at Oak Harbor, Washington.


There are some other definitions of “play” that some readers considered. Sabrina Mastin-Hill of Stockton used an LG Aristo smartphone to photograph her son Eben Mastin, 9, at the Adventure Playground in Berkley. The park, built near the Berkley marina in 1979, kind looks like a derelict amusement park filled with dilapidated objects, but it was designed for kids to exercise their creativity and imaginations. Mastin-Hill photographed Eben as he played an old piano at the park.


Another definition of “play” is to participate in a sport. That’s what Donn Sperry of Stockton captured in his photo. Sperry used a Sony Alpha NEX-7 mirrorless digital camera to photograph Anthony Alvarado of Stockton, 15, left, and Jack Hansen, 17, of Patterson fighting for the puck with Anthony Alvarado, 15, of Stockton during St Mary’s ice hockey practice at the Oak Park Ice Arena in Stockton.


Cosplay stands for “costume play” in which people dress up as fictional characters from comic books, movies, TV shows, video games or other pop culture sources. Freya Schwinn took a picture of her husband Oran Schwinn portraying Uncle Fester, Elisha Taasin as Wednesday Addams, and Cory Hunt lending a hand (literally) as Thing from the Addams Family while they posed for their own selfie at StocktonCon at the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton.


All of the entries can bee seen in an online gallery at A new assignment will be issued on September 4.

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