Congratulations to the Winners of 2019 The Diana Atwood Johnson OSWA Photo Contest!

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) in partnership with the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) are pleased to announce the winners of The Diana Atwood Johnson OSWA Photo Contest. A huge thank you to our judges for their time to look at each photo! We would also like to thank the many people who submitted a photo for consideration.

About the contest:  CLCC and DEEP sponsored the second annual amateur digital photo contest featuring properties protected under DEEP’s Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program (OSWA). Launched in 2016, the contest was re-named in 2017 in honor of Diana Atwood Johnson, who stepped down as the Chair of Connecticut's State Natural Heritage, Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Review Board, after having served in that position for 19 years. We are grateful that she was able to enjoy the announcement that the photo contest had been re-named in her honor prior to her passing in January 2018. (Read more about the contest and Diana Atwood Johnson here.)

The contest is intended to provide a venue for amateur photographers of all ages to display their work and celebrate the success of the OSWA program. DEEP and CLCC will share the OSWA property photos in their respective publications and communications.

Overall Winner - "Best in Show"

Shelley Harms, Big Bluestem Hurlbut Field

This photo was taken at Hurlbut Field, protected by Winchester Land Trust

Big Bluestem Hurlbut Field

Hurlbut Field is a 38-acre property with 14 acres of grassland and a forest that slopes down to the shores of Lake Winchester. It was WLT’s first big land acquisition project. WLT bought the property from Phil and Marion Hurlbut in 2009 with the help of a State OSWA grant. Over several years, WLT planted native grasses and waited for them to grow in, and created a loop trail across the field and through the woods to the lake. WLT cuts the field every year after August 1, and works to control the invasive bittersweet and multiflora rose that grows along its edges.  Hurlbut Field is a great place to see bobolinks, wild turkeys, monarch butterflies, and other wildlife. It is WLT’s most popular hiking spot. 

Runners Up

David Heg, Sprague Land Preserve Beaver Dam Area view from Watson Portion

This photo was taken at Watson Property, protected by the Sprague Land Preserve

Watson Property, Sprague Land Preserve

This photo was taken in November 2018. Slightly down from the Beaver Dam in the preserve is this area of wetlands that has been created by our beaver friends. This photo was taken from the Watson portion of the preserve as the sun slowly rose above the tree line on cool autumn morning.  Read more about the Watson Property >>

Gina White, Anstett Property

This photo was taken at Anstett Property, protected by the Goshen Land Trust.

Anstett Property

The 78-acre property has been protected by Goshen Land Trust since April 2012. Forest land, located on the eastern part of property, is home to abundant wildlife, as well as hiking trails and bird watching. Read more about the property here >>.