The Trustees Announce the 2nd Annual "Summer in the Valley" Photo Contest

Contact Information
Mike Francis
Superintendent, Charles River Valley Management Unit

Media Inquiries
Kristi Perry
Public Relations Manager

Dover, MA – The Trustees of Reservations are calling photographers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages to participate in the second annual “Summer in the Valley” photography contest. The Trustees will be accepting photographs taken between June 21 and September 21 at any of their 15 properties located in the Charles River Valley, including: Rocky Woods, Fork Factory Brook, Rocky Narrows, Noanet Woodlands, Powisset Farm, Noon Hill, Shattuck Reservation, Cedariver, Charles River Peninsula, Chase Woodlands, Peters Reservation, Pegan Hill, Medfield Rhododendrons, Medfield Meadow Lots and Bridge Island Meadows.

Last summer The Trustees had over 150 entries from participants as young as 5 years of age. It was a challenging effort to narrow down the field with so many great photos. From up-close images of dragonflies and frogs to scenic views of the Charles River and open meadows, it was obvious that everyone captured a special shot. Ultimately, the contest is about having fun taking pictures and encouraging everyone to spend more time exploring the special places protected for your enjoyment.

Entries will be divided into three age classes, including 10 and under, 11 to 16, and 17 and up. This year a new “Professional” class has been added along with the new category, “From the Past.” Photographs will also be accepted in the other following categories: Plantlife, Wildlife, Scenics, Family and Friends, and New Discoveries. Prizes will be awarded to a winning photograph in each category and class. Prizes will include guided canoe trips on the Charles River, Trustees apparel, outdoor gear, and other fun items. One photo will be selected as “Best in Show.” That winner will receive a Trustees annual membership and a winter share of produce from Powisset Farm.

A gallery of winning photos will be on display at the Rocky Woods Visitor Center on September 27th and 28th. The gallery will then be located at the Medfield Public Library for the month of October and then at the Dover Public Library for November. The photos will also be posted on The Trustees’ website beginning September 29th.

Whether you are hiking a favorite trail, volunteering with your family at Powisset Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, paddling along with the new guided canoe trips on the Charles, or exploring a Trustees property you have never seen before, you are invited to join in the fun. It’s as simple as submitting a digital photo on disk or a 4x6, 35 mm photograph to The Trustees of Reservations, 37 Powisset St., Dover, MA 02030.* For more details and a contest form, please ask any Trustees ranger at a nearby reservation, or visit The Trustees’ website at where you’?ll also find out about special events, volunteer opportunities, and information on 99 special places throughout Massachusetts communities.

*No fees are required. Digital photographs must be a minimum size of 1024 x 768 pixels in jpeg or tiff format. Entrants who would like photographs returned can include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Submission of negatives will be required for winning 35mm photographs. Please visit for more details.

About The Trustees of Reservations
Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations is the nation's oldest regional land conservation trust and nonprofit conservation organization. Supported by more than 40,500 members, The Trustees protect Massachusetts’ natural and historic resources for everyone to enjoy. From working farms to historic homesteads, barrier beaches and mountain vistas, The Trustees own and manage nearly 25,000 acres on 99 reservations in 70 communities across Massachusetts, including six National Historic Landmarks, a National Natural Landmark, and seven properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on over 16,000 acres – more than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts – permanently protecting scenic and natural areas from development, and have assisted in the protection of over 16,000 additional acres.

The Trustees employ 180 full and part-time and 400 seasonal staff with expertise in many areas, including ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out how you can interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, volunteer or become a member, please call 781.784.0567, visit the website at, or email