DECEMBER 18, 2013

Mountains of the Land Trust Photo Contest Winners Announced!

2014 Calendars available NOW from Desert Foothills Land Trust
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photo by tammy manganelli    People's Choice Award winner Tammy Manganelli

NORTH VALLEY – Desert Foothills Land Trust is pleased to announce the results of the Mountains of the Land Trust Photo Contest! Professional photographers Alan Lowy, Kazu Okutomi, Richard Rubenstein, Jerry Sieve and Mike Spinelli reviewed all entries and chose 13 finalists. The finalist's photos celebrated Black Mountain or Daisy Mountain and were on public display for viewing and voting for the People's Choice Award at Anthem Autumnfest, the Cave Creek Museum, Desert Foothills Library, and North Valley Regional Library, as well as the Land Trust's Facebook page.

The People's Choice Award winner is Tammy Manganelli! Tammy's beautiful and colorful photo is featured on the cover of the 2014 Mountains of the Land Trust calendar. Additionally, the professional photographers selected their top picks:
First Place: Bob Hughes
Second Place: Jay Chatzkel
Third Place: Michelle Nicholas
First Place (under 18 years old): Deanna Bailey (age 16)

The other finalists were: Thomas Baker, Mike Burns, Mark Carroll, Michael Graham, Herbert Hitchon, Americo Longo, Jeremy Manganelli (age 13) and Andreas Schmalz.

All of these photos appear in the 2014 calendar, and can also be viewed on the Land Trust's Facebook page. At a reception to present the awards to photographers, the crowd was especially pleased to learn that not one, but two entrants under 18 years old had photos chosen for the calendar – Deanna Bailey (age 16) and Jeremy Manganelli (age 13). Their photos were even chosen before the professional photographer judges knew their ages!

The photo contest is intended to encourage a deeper appreciation for the remarkable landmarks at the center of the Desert Foothills. The Land Trust is grateful to all the photographers who entered the contest. Their photographs demonstrate the special place that Black Mountain and Daisy Mountain hold in our communities and hearts.

Just in time for the holidays, calendars can be purchased from the Land Trust office! They are $12 each or two for $20. Call 480-488-6131 or e-mail to get your copy today. Don’t delay – the calendars often sell out!

Desert Foothills Land Trust works with landowners, communities and partners to protect the most special and important natural areas in the Arizona communities of Carefree, Cave Creek, north Scottsdale, north Phoenix, Anthem, New River and Desert Hills. The Land Trust has permanently protected 680 acres on 22 preserves, many of which are open to the public for exploration and passive recreation. In 2010, the Land Trust was awarded accredited status by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission – a mark of distinction in the land trust community.

In 2009, Desert Foothills Land Trust merged with Black Mountain Conservancy and continued the Conservancy’s Black Mountain Photo Contest. In early 2013, Desert Foothills Land Trust merged with North Country Conservancy, who had also long hosted a photo contest celebrating Daisy Mountain. This year, the Land Trust hosted a contest to celebrate BOTH of these iconic mountains in our communities. More information is available at or 480-488-6131.

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