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Land Bank 20th anniversary celebrated in photos
"Evening Reflection" by Max Skjoldebrand.
Juleanne VanBelle's first-place-winning photograph, titled "View from the Board Walk," was taken at the Land Bank's 27-acre Farm Pond Preserve in Oak Bluffs.
Ms. VanBelle's photograph will be featured on the cover of the next issue of the Land Bank's Conservation Lands Map, which is scheduled to be published this summer.
"Late Springtime Splendor" by Patrick Stiriti.
"Moshup Beach," submitted by Anne Tagge and Katherine Tagge of Aquinnah, and "'Sweet' at Sweetened Water," by Blake Stelle, received honorable mentions.
Amateur photographers from the Island and around the world entered photographs, according to Land Bank officials. In all, several dozen photos showing beautiful landscapes and views of the Land Bank's conservation properties were received. "It was swell fun, seeing photos of all the places that Islanders have come to admire and enjoy," said Land Bank executive director James Lengyel. "Plainly it really means something to people to have the freedom to wander and explore."
"View from the Board Walk" by Juleanne VanBelle.
The five winning photos are on display at the Land Bank offices where the public is invited to view them.
The photo contest was envisioned as a low-key way to celebrate the agency's 20th anniversary by encouraging people to take a hike with camera in hand.
Over the past 20 years, the Land Bank has received more than $100 million in revenues through a two percent fee on most real estate transactions. With these funds, the agency has purchased nearly 2,700 acres for public enjoyment.