June 29, 2022

Entry Now Open to Diana Atwood Johnson Photo Contest Hosted by CT Open Space

A Great Egret photographed by Diana Atwood Johnson in Orlando, Fla. The DAJ OSWA Photo Contest, which is now open for entries, is named after Atwood Johnson, who was an Old Lyme resident for many years prior to her passing in 2018.

OLD LYME —Launched in 2016, the Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition (OSWA) annual photo contest was re-named in 2017 in honor of the late 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.

The contest is intended to provide a venue for amateur photographers to celebrate Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)’s Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program (OSWA) and the Urban Green and Community Gardens Grant Program (UGCG), display their work, and provide the Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) and DEEP with new materials for their publications and communications.

The renamed 2022 DAJ OSWA Photo Contest is now open for entries.  

Photographs taken on properties purchased using OSWA grant funds are eligible. The Old Lyme Land Trust(OLLT) holds three properties thanks to this program. They are listed below and the name in parentheses is how the property is referenced in the OSWA database.

The properties are:

  • Lay Preserve (“Lay Property”)
  • Hatchett’s Hill Preserve (“Eylandco Inc. Property”)
  • A portion of the Upper Three Mile River Preserve (“106 Four Mile River Road”)

The deadline for submissions is May 3, 2022.

For more information and details of how to submit entries, visit the CLCC Announcement of DAJ OSWA Photo Contest .

The OLLT also welcomes receiving photographs taken on any of the Trust’s preserves, some of which will be selected to be featured on the OLLT website’s photo gallery. Send photos to OLLandTrust@gmail.com. This is an open invitation and there is no deadline.