Eighth Annual Photo Contest

This year’s photographers ranged from Island born and raised to summer residents and first-time visitors. Subject matter ranged from the familiar to the foreboding. Narrowing down the winners wasn’t easy. But the experts have spoken...

First Place
Lia Potter, Vineyard Haven

Lia Potter

Lambert’s Cove was the perfect backdrop for this image on a mild November day. Lia Potter, a student at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, said she was drawn to how the bathing suit, cap, and ocean were all shades of cool blue. The judges agreed. “What a beautiful, enigmatic shot,” one said. “The color combinations are wonderful.”

Second Place
Kevin R. A. Walsh, Edgartown and Mashpee, Massachusetts

Kevin R. A. Walsh

Patience makes perfection. Kevin Walsh waited forty-five minutes one rainy summer day for the schooner Alabama to position herself between the dock posts while returning to Vineyard Haven harbor. “I like the combo of the strong graphics and soft coloration,” one judge said.

Third Place
Marian Gurry Stanton, Wayland, Massachusetts

Marian Gurry Stanton

What’s a greater rite of passage on the Island – jumping off the bridge or taking a photo of kids jumping off the bridge? It’s hard to say. But the judges still appreciate an iconic shot done well, with great color and composition. Said one: “It’s classic Martha’s Vineyard summer.”

Honorable Mention
Walter (Terry) Meinelt, Chilmark and Topsfield, Massachusetts

Walter (Terry) Meinelt

“The subtle coloring and translucent tones of the crab shell are rendered both convincingly and expressively,” one judge said of this dramatic image. Using his  scanner as a camera, the photographer was able to “photograph” the Atlantic blue crab shell that he collected from
the shore of Chilmark Pond.

Honorable Mention
Douglas Burke, Vineyard Haven and Milford, Massachusetts

Douglas Burke

When out with his camera, Douglas Burke said he “looks for that one moment where the colors are riveting and come together in a brief second of beauty.”  Success achieved. Here he captures what one judge called “a striking mix of smooth surfaces and hard lines.”

Honorable Mention
Brendan Devlin, Easthampton, Massachusetts

Brendan Devlin

“I love how this photo makes me feel like I am in the water,” stated one judge. “It has a unique perspective that captures both the stillness of the boat and the motion of the water.”

Honorable Mention
David Sussan, Stamford, Connecticut

David Sussan

On a warm, foggy December day, David Sussan headed out to Katama. While photographing the fence, a rider emerged from the mist. “I like the feel and composition of this image,” he stated. “The silhouette of the rider is perfectly set against the light,” one judge said.

The Judges
This year’s panel included Susan White, a longtime summer visitor and the photography director for Vanity Fair; Elizabeth Cecil, a frequent contributor to this magazine and a  well-known professional photographer who lives in West Tisbury; Ray Ewing, an Islander and adjunct professor of photography at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California; Alley Moore, the art director for this magazine; and Vanessa Czarnecki, the magazine’s senior editor and the editor of Martha’s Vineyard Island Weddings.

Comments (1)

Eva Lesko Natiello
I look forward to seeing the winners of this contest every year. This year did not disappoint! Congrats to all. Keep 'em coming!
January 6, 2017 - 9:47am