Stockbridge — The winners of the second annual Laurel Hill Association/Stockbridge Land Trust photo contest have been announced.
The winning photos were taken by Emilija Baksys of Quincy, Mass.; Glenna Blackwell of Great Barrington, Mass.; Shirley Blanchard of Stockbridge, Mass.; Candy Childrey of Coral Springs, Fla.; Olivia Kinne of Pittsfield, Mass.; William Mulvihill of Stockbridge; Gabrielle Murphy of West Stockbridge, Mass.; Richard Lasner of Washington, D.C. and Stockbridge; Jay Rhind of Stockbridge; and James Selva of Housatonic, Mass.
The honorable mention photos were taken by Lomesia Allen of Pittsfield; Steve Blanchard of West Stockbridge; Tammis Coffin of Lenox, Mass.; Jenna Crosier of Pittsfield; Dana Goedewaagen of Glendale, Mass.; John Morse of Stockbridge; Sandra Platczyc of Stockbridge; Kitty Sheridan of Stockbridge; Michael Stanton of Stockbridge; and Patrick White of Stockbridge.
Three volunteer judges selected the winning photos and the honorable mention photos: Doug Munson, co-founder of Albumen Works, an internationally recognized photo conservation studio; Berkshires-based freelance commercial photographer and educator Michael Flower; and Lionel Delevigne, internationally known author, journalist and photojournalist. Criteria for judging were design, composition, technique and the capture of iconic Stockbridge locations, including abstract images of those locations.
Each winning photo will be printed on the front of a note card, and a relevant quotation will appear inside. The note cards will be sold in packets at many local merchants. All proceeds from the sale of the cards will go to Stockbridge Land Trust, whose mission is to preserve the natural, historic, and community resources in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and to The Laurel Hill Association, whose mission is to do such things as shall serve to improve the quality of life and of the environment in Stockbridge. An exhibition featuring the photos will be mounted at the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives in September.
Any photographer, whether amateur or professional, whether living in Stockbridge or not, was invited to submit up to ten photos of Stockbridge’s natural environment. Both landscapes and close-ups were welcome. Photos could be taken in any season, and were not limited to shots taken this year.
Participation in the contest was higher than anticipated. Fifty-four photographers submitted a total of 270 submissions, almost twice as many as last year.
Here are the ten winning photos, including the photo at the top of this article:
And here are the ten honorable mentions:
More information and photos also available at https://laurelhillassociation.org/2017-photo-contest