Land Bank celebrates 20 years, plans photo contest

Posted May 4, 2006

Hikers, both two- and four-legged, enjoy a dramatic North Shore view at Great Rock Bight Preserve in Chilmark. Photo by Susan Safford

The Martha's Vineyard Land Bank will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on May 12. Since its establishment in 1986, the land conservation agency has acquired dozens of properties comprising hundreds of acres all across the Island and made them available for the enjoyment of all. Properties range from large parcels with dramatic views and varied, sometimes challenging terrain, to smaller, more intimate locations. In accord with the vision of executive director James Lengyel for a trail system to be established throughout the Island, some of the properties are contiguous and others are connected for hiking by arrangements with other conservation groups and private land owners. The agency sponsors regular walks on specific properties, and an annual, day-long cross-Island hike in June.

The main entrance at the existing Martha's Vineyard Hospital.
File photo by Ben Scott

To commemorate the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Land Bank is sponsoring an amateur photography contest. Amateur photographers are invited to submit photos that depict the unique beauty of a Land Bank property, its scenic view, or a moment in time when the property is being enjoyed by the public. Awards will be given for first, second, and third places. The first-place photograph will appear as the cover photo for the next issue of the Land Bank's Conservation Lands Map. The, second and third place winners will appear on the inside folds of the map.

Entries will be judged by a committee consisting of Cindy Krauss, fiscal officer for the Land Bank, and Debbie Grant and Ron Howard, both professional photographers.

These photographs, taken from Times files, provide only a small glimpse into the variety and natural beauty that Land Bank properties possess.

Photos must be taken between May 12 and September 15 and should be submitted as 8- by 10-inch color prints. All entries must be received by 4 pm on Friday, September 15.

For a complete list of rules of entry, call the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank at 508-627-7141 or visit