2020 Through the Lens of Photo Editor Richard Gillard

Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

  • St. Mary Magdalen Chapel with snow covered Topatopa Mountains in the background.

  • Thousand Oaks’ Katie Messer puts the ball up during their match with Newbury Park on Friday, January 10. Newbury Park beat Thousand Oaks 58-55.

  • Moorpark’s Jared Gonzalez goes for the ball during their match with Camarillo on Friday, January 17.

  • Oxnard resident Henry Sapien kisses the Lakers flag at a memorial for Kobe Bryant outside Mamba Sports Academy in Newbury Park on Sunday, January 27. Sapien said he meet Kobe once and reflected on how nice he was.

  • Newbury Park resident Anthony Bell leads mourners in a “Kobe” cheer at the memorial for Kobe Bryant outside Mamba Sports Academy in Newbury Park on Sunday, January 27.

  • Shelves empty at Target in Westlake as citizens stock up on supplies on Friday, March 13.

  • Annette Chavez RN gives a COVID-19 test during drive-through testing on Wednesday, March 18 at Sierra Vista in Simi Valley.

  • With the break in the weather and people flock to hike the Santa Monica Mountains from the Rancho Potrero trailhead on Sunday, March 22.

  • The Caputo family of Newbury Park walk together down Lynn Road on Sunday, March 22 to relieve some of the “cabin fever” they have felt since following the stay-home notice this past week.

  • Two women walk down Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu wearing face mask on Saturday, March 28. It is an example of the new normal during the COVID-19 epidemic.

  • Simi Valley resident Tom Cushna shows his grandson, Newbury Park resident Michael Amirian 7, a silver dollar shaped leaf while nature discovering with his wife Kathy Cushna and daughter, Newbury Park resident Kim Amirian, far left, during the COVID-19 pandemic along Happy Camp Road in Moorpark on Sunday, April 5.

  • Newbury Park resident Madeline Albo, 4 ½, practices riding her bike without training wheels while on a walk on Kimber Road with her mother Rebecca Albo and dog Rudy on Monday, April 13.

  • Pastor Rob McCoy of Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park greets parishioners as they serve themselves communion one by one observing safe-distance practices on Palm Sunday, April 5. Opening the church for communion was defying County’s Public Heath Order.

  • Protesters hold signs out of their car window in front of Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park on Palm Sunday, April 5. The church opened of communion services defied County’s Public Heath Order.

  • Preschool Director Debbie Blumenthal sings with Bobbie Black playing the guitar to one of their students as they drive-thru to pickup a loaf of Challah bread and Holocaust Remembrance Day candle on Friday, April 17. Holocaust Remembrance Day is Tuesday, April 21.

  • Local pilots flyover St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard on Saturday, April 25 to honor all hospital staff serving during the coronavirus pandemic

  • Gunnery Sgt. Diego Pongo’s brother, Andrés Pongo, father, Carlos Pongo, and mother, Kathryn Steffen express emotions as an American flag is folded and presented to the family as a token of gratitude for Gunnery Sgt. Diego Pongo’s service as a drive-by parade memorial that stretched the length of Simi Valley to honor Gunnery Sgt. Diego Pongo and show support to his family past by on Sunday, April 26. Gunnery Sgt. Diego Pongo was killed in combat in Iraq last month.

  • Orange cones and “No Parking” signs line both sides of Pacific Coast Highway, closing street parking from Los Angeles/Ventura County Line to Point Mugu State Beach. Cones and signs were put up on Thursday morning and remain.

  • Omar Jubran, Imam of The Islamic Society of Simi Valley, hand out bags of food during the 2020 Ramadan Food Giveaway event sponsored by The Islamic Society of Simi Valley on Sunday, May 10.

  • Beauty professionals and their supporters hold signs on Monday, May 18 at the corner of Sycamore Drive and Cochran Street during a rally to support the opening of salons in Simi Valley and California.

  • Newbury Park High School Principal Steve LePire hands out a NPHS Class of 2020 lawn sign during a pick-up time at the high school on Tuesday, April 21.

  • Above All Hot Air Balloons light up to music played on 99.1 The Ranch as cars drive by in a line during Uplift event on Sunday, May 24 at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park.

  • Protesters take a knee in front of cars as they cross Hillcrest Drive on Lynn Road Sunday, May 31 during a protest rally against the killing of George Floyd.

  • Protesters walk down the northbound Lynn Road off ramp of the 101 Freeway during a protest rally against the killing of George Floyd on Sunday, May 31.

  • Protesters gather at the closed Lynn Road 101 freeway off ramp where California Highway Patrol officers block the exit during a protest rally against the killing of George Floyd on Sunday, May 31.

  • Ventura County Fire Department fire truck and All in Stride miniature horses lead Newbury Park High School graduates Tyson Lundring and Tanner Schaad, El Camino High School at Ventura College graduate Aryel Tenenbaum, Newbury Park High School graduates Lorelei Weintraub and Varna Kanapuram during a graduation parade for 5 graduating high school students in the Sedona tract in Newbury Park on Sunday, May 24.

  • English teacher Allison McGrath takes a selfie with graduate Blake Goldstein during Santa Susana High School drive-thru graduation on Friday, June 5.

  • Graduates sit out of their cars as they wait in line to receive their diplomas during the drive-thru graduation at Agoura High School on Thursday, June 11.

  • Graduate Aspen Claus sings and dances with her friends as she drives in the car line to receive her diploma during Rancho Campana High School’s drive-thru graduation on Monday, June 15.

  • Oxnard resident Alfonzo ”Anonymous” holds a No Justice No Peace sign as people gather for a Black Lives Matter protest march that started at the corner of Paseo Camarillo and Carmen Drive on Friday, June 12.

  • Camarillo resident Amayiah Baylor, 2, holds her sign sitting in her stroller as she gathers with others for a Black Lives Matter protest march that started at the corner of Paseo Camarillo and Carmen Drive on Friday, June 12.

  • Black Lives Matter march organizer Oxnard resident Daney Jacksper lead protesters in chants as they walk down the center of Carmen Drive on Friday, June 12.

  • Camarillo residents Michael and Jillian McGarry show their support as Black Lives Matter protesters walk down Old Town Camarillo on Friday, June 12.

  • Camarillo resident Marco Sesay marches down E Daily Drive with fellow Black Lives Matter protesters on Friday, June 12.

  • Moorpark resident Wyatt Batchelor, 5, tries to catch his brother, Skylar Batchelor, 9, while playing football with their dad, Chris Batchelor, on Father’s Day Sunday, June 21.

  • Protester of Mike Judge on the right and counter-protesters on the left faceoff outside of Simi Valley City Hall on Monday, June 29.

  • “No Mask Mary” Wilson who has lived in Simi Valley for 51 years tells Simi Valley resident Lizzy Whitelock that it is not against the law to not wear a mask after Whitelock offered Wilson a mask to wear during a protest and counter-protest of Mike Judge outside of Simi Valley City Hall on Monday, June 29.

  • Deacon Kevin Mauch gives Moorpark resident Karela Godinez communion during outdoor services on Sunday, July 19 at Holy Cross Catholic Church.

  • People wait in line in their vehicles to be tested at the Ventura County COVID-19 testing site at Moorpark College on Tuesday, July 21.

  • Graduate Andres Concha poses with some friends who hold his likeness in front of their faces before the Oaks Christian drive-in graduation ceremony on Sunday, August 2 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

  • Agoura Hills residents Tim Mihalsky and Ashleigh Speidel, and Westlake Village residents Paris Hartman and Garrett Hartman wait for the start of the Street Food Cinema screening of Jerry Maguire at King Gillette Ranch on Saturday, August 15.

  • A squirrel takes a break and lays down a few minutes during it’s walks along the fence line in Newbury Park on Saturday, August 22 with 90 degree weather.

  • Camarillo resident Jordan Harrison has his hair cut outside by barber Robert Robles on Monday, August 24 at Hank’s Barber Shop in Old Town Camarillo.

  • Sycamore Canyon School seventh grader Ethan Bayer smiles at the start of his second zoom class on the first day of the new school year on Wednesday, August 19.

  • Ventura County Sheriff School Resource Officer Deputy Tino Espinoza gives a thumbs-up after reading and talking about “What a Police Officer Does” to Jodi Atkinson’s second grade class via Zoom at Camarillo Heights Elementary School on Tuesday, September 15.

  • Simi Valley residents Amber Hernandez and Tommy Hernandez worship during Night of Pray & Worship at Discovery Church on Sunday, September 6.

  • Rancho Campagna High senior Ethan Ortiz flies on his first cross-country fight from Camarillo to Santa Maria on Monday, September 7.

  • Blurred headlights and taillights move up and down as the moon rises over the Conejo Grade on Monday, August 31.

  • Volunteer Thousand Oaks resident Ronny Camacho passes out meals during the Friday night meal program on Friday, October 23 at Premier Inn. Local churches take turns handing out meals to local homeless and working poor.

  • Docent Susan Robb gives trick-or-treaters Valor Trembley, 7, and Audrey Litz, 7, a treat during Trick-or-Treat at the Stagecoach Inn Museum on Saturday, October 31.

  • H:EDITORIALPhotos11 November 2020RG 11-05-20 RG 104 Trick-or Treater Nolan Snyder, 9, of Oak Park receives a treat from Agoura Pony Baseball president Chris Bole during the Halloween Masquerade Drive-Thru Parade at Oak Canyon Community Park on Saturday, October 31.

  • H:EDITORIALPhotos10 October 2020RG 10-29-20 RG 513 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Thousand Oaks resident Chanelle Cohen passes out candy during the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s Halloween Trick-or-Treat Drive-Thru on Saturday, October 24 at Conejo Creek North Park.

  • Trump supporters wave flags during a Trump supports rally on the Lynn Road 101 freeway overpass on Saturday, September 26.

  • A Trump supporter runs cross the Lynn Road overpass carrying an American flag followed by several trucks displaying Trump flags during a Trump supports rally on the Lynn Road 101 freeway overpass on Saturday, September 26.

  • The Woman United for Change shows their support for Joe Biden with signs and flags on the Chesebro Pedestrian Bridge Overpass on Thursday, October 15.

  • Simi Valley resident Kerry Mellin waves to passing cars as she holds an American flag showing support for Joe Biden as part of The Woman United for Change with signs and flags on the Chesebro Pedestrian Bridge Overpass on Thursday, October 15.

  • Camarillo resident Henry Beyer sits on top of a vehicle during gathering of Trump supporters before their patriot cruise through Camarillo on Saturday, October 31.

  • Vehicles drive down Las Posas Road waving Trump and American flags during a patriot cruise by Trump supporters through Camarillo on Saturday, October 31.

  • Simi Valley resident Jenny Fuller drops off her ballot at the ballot drop off box at the Simi Valley Library on Tuesday, October 20.

  • Newbury Park resident Evan Gilroy votes during in-person voting at Newbury Park High School on Sunday, November 1.

  • Simi Valley resident Lyssa Herbert has her daughters and Livy Herbert, 11, Riley Herbert, 16, with her while she cast her vote during in-person voting at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Sunday, November 1. Herbert says she brings her daughters with her when she votes to teach them the importance and privilege it is to vote.

  • Campus Safety Assistant Shannon Sanchez takes first grader Lorelai Scott’s temperature on the first day of in-person learning on Monday, November 9 at Walnut Elementary School.

  • Vehicles travel the 101 freeway between Las Virgenes Road and Mureau Road on Monday, November 30.

  • Canadian geese come down for a landing at Camarillo Springs Golf Course on Sunday, November 22.

  • Moorpark residents Aria Turk, 7, and William Turk, 3, peek into the window to get a glimpse of Santa before they are let in to see Santa at the Simi Valley Town Center on Tuesday, November 24. It is by appointment only to see Santa. To make reservations go to svsanta.com.

  • Simi Valley residents the Bailey family; Chris, Kristian, Sloane, 4, and Reagan, 3 months, visit with Santa at the Simi Valley Town Center on Tuesday, November 24. It is by appointment only to see Santa. To make reservations go to svsanta.com.

  • Supporters gather outside the patio dining area outside Cronies Sports Grill in Agoura during a community support rally on Monday, December 7. The restaurant has been defying orders to close its patio since last week.

  • Ojai resident Judy Tenneking cheers from the patio dining area at Cronies Sports Grill in Agoura as owner Dave Foldes prepares to be interviewed on Fox News Channel by Laura Ingraham during a community support rally on Monday, December 7. The restaurant has been defying orders to close its patio since last week.

  • Brian Barragan plays the flute during Moorpark High School band practice on Monday, December 7.

  • Rabbi Moshe Bryski lights the menorah during the annual Agoura Hills City Hall Menorah Lighting on Friday, December 11.

  • Somis resident Sheila Stroecker speaks through a megaphone during a pro-Trump gathering on the Lynn Road overpass on Saturday, December 12. Pro-Trump supports have gathered on the overpass on Saturday mornings for the past few months.

  • Trump supporters wave to passing vehicles during a pro-Trump gathering on the Lynn Road overpass on Saturday, December 12. Pro-Trump supports have gathered on the overpass on Saturday mornings for the past few months.

  • Rabbi Yosef Muchnik and Rabbi Aryeh Lang with Chabad of Camarillo dance during the drive-in menorah lighting at the Janss Marketplace on Sunday, December 13.

  • Fire twirler Colin Clancy spins a fire torch as he performs during the drive-in menorah lighting at the Janss Marketplace on Sunday, December 13.

  • Doug McClatchey gives Soheila Hakimi a COVID-19 vaccine at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital on Friday, December 18.

  • Jose Arias collects completed COVID-19 tests from a vehicle at the new Ventura County Health Care Agency new two-lane drive-thru test site on Saturday, December 19 at Freedom Park.

  • Kirk Cameron, wearing a knitted hat with attached beard stands just off stage during the Caroling by Candlelight hosted by Kirk Cameron event on Tuesday, December 22 in the parking lot of The Oaks mall.

  • About 200 people gather to sing Christmas carols during the Caroling by Candlelight hosted by Kirk Cameron event on Tuesday, December 22 in the parking lot of The Oaks mall.

  • Snowcapped Topatopa Mountains as seen from The Ronald Reagan Library on Tuesday, December 29 from the first storm of the winter season.