July 4, 2022

Local Land Conservation Trusts Announce Winners of their Sixth Annual Photo Contest

The Lyme, Old Lyme, Salem, Essex and East Haddam land conservation trusts announced today the winners of their jointly sponsored amateur photo contest. The purpose of the contest was to focus on the celebrated and scenic countryside in those towns and its diversified wildlife. There were over 350 photos submitted from 85 photographers all over Connecticut. The ages of the photographers were from 7 to 91.

This contest was made possible by the generous financial support provided by Lorensen Toyota, Oakley/Wing Group at Smith Barney, Evan Griswold at Coldwell Banker, Essex Savings Bank, ChelseaGroton Bank, Ballek Garden Center and Murtha Cullina LLP.
“There were so many wonderful pictures submitted that the judges had a difficult time selecting the winners” said Tony Sullivan, spokesperson for the conservation trusts.

The three independent judges are William Burt, a naturalist who has won acclaim for his books of wildlife photography: Rare and Elusive Birds of North America, Shadowbirds, and his recently released Marshes: The Disappearing Edens. Amy Kurtz Lansing, Curator at the Florence Griswold Museum and a Yale University doctoral candidate in the History of Art. She is also the author of Historical Fictions: Edward Lamson Henry’s Paintings of Past and Present and Rudy Wood-Muller, a photographic illustrator and designer. His first large exhibition was at the New York World’s Fair in 1964 and was followed by numerous other shows, including a one-man show at the Rochester Institute of Technology. A group of his photographs have been selected to be part of the Permanent Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

“This year an additional award was given out to honor one of our prior judges, John G. Mitchell, who passed away” said Sullivan. “John, who was one of the editors at National Geographic, dedicated his career to writing about the environment and conservation, so the award was for the best picture reflecting that subject.”

The categories and names of the winners are:

JOHN G. MITCHELL – Environmental Conservation Award
         Mark Bailey, Essex

   First Place:  Gerry Graves, Old Lyme

  Second Place:  Susan Spang, Salem
   Third Place:  Brendan Donovan, Old Lyme
   Honorable Mentions:  Cheryl Philopena, Salem
       Jean Callan King, East Haddam
       Jeanie Wantz, Essex

   First Place:   Skip Broom, Hadlyme

  Second Place:   Linda Waters, Salem
   Third Place:   Cheryl Philopena, Salem
   Honorable Mentions:   Diana Atwood Johnson, Old Lyme
       Tammy Marselli, Rocky Hill
       Tanya Bourgoin, East Haddam

   First Place:   Jean Callan King, East Haddam

   Second Place:   Mark Bailey, Essex
   Third Place:   Brendan Donovan, Old Lyme
   Honorable Mentions:   Hank Golet, Old Lyme
       Jeff Sims, Waterford
       Stephanie Clayton, Old Lyme

   First Place:   Jean Callan King, East Haddan

   Second Place:   Skip Broom, Hadlyme
   Third Place:   Cheryl Philopena, Salem
   Honorable Mentions:   Emily Maroni, Hadlyme
       David Wantz, Essex
       Tony Sullivan, Lyme

   First Place:   Courtney Fiala, East Haddam

   Second Place:   Julia Danielle Ellman, Guilford
   Third Place:   Courtney Fiala, East Haddam
   Honorable Mentions:   Tara Kielty, East Lyme
       Phoebe Petrovic, Centerbrook
       Tara Kielty, East Lyme

All the winning photographs will be available for public viewing at Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library at 2 Library Lane in Old Lyme during the month of May and during the following months at the public libraries of Lyme, Salem and Essex. The photos can also be seen at http://landtrustsphotos.shutterfly.com/ or on the web sites of each of the sponsoring conservation trusts.

The Seventh Annual Photo Contest is starting this Spring and any amateur photographer who is interested should contact landtrustphotos@yahoo.com for a copy of the rules and entry form.