Helix Water District announced the winners of its annual high school photo contest today at a regular meeting of the agency’s board of directors.

Thirteen students and their work were honored with first, second and third places in color and black & white categories, as well as a title of best-in-show.

Zahra Nazeri

First Place
Anthony Moreno, Color
Mohammed Jiyad, Black & White

Second Place
Michelle Bristol, Color
Austin Finch, Black & White

Third Place
Gonzalo Leon Garcia, Color
Destiny Kassab, Black & White

Honorable Mention (Color)
Stephanie Szumilas
Gonzalo Leon Garcia
Kawther Fadhil
Eduardo Silva
Chrestina Polus
Erik Jared Martinez

Honorable Mention (Black & White)
Angel Ramirez

Students got $250 for best in show, $200 for first place, $100 for second place, $50 for third place and $25 for honorable mention. All winners received a certificate, ribbon and 16-gigabyte flash drive.

Celebrating its 15th year, the competition was created to bring awareness to water issues in East County.

All high schools within the Helix service area were eligible to participate. This year, 96 photos were submitted from four high schools: El Cajon Valley, El Capitan, Grossmont and Mount Miguel.

This summer, winners and several additional entries will be on display in a rotating exhibit in the district’s administration building lobby at 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa.