NOVEMBER 7, 2012

Vote for your favorite!

Desert Foothills Land Trust announces 2012 Black Mountain Photo Contest finalists Bookmark and Share

DESERT FOOTHILLS – Desert Foothills Land Trust is pleased to announce the finalists in the 10th Annual Black Mountain Photo Contest! The photo contest is intended to encourage a deeper appreciation for this remarkable landmark at the center of our Desert Foothills communities. We are grateful to all the photographers who entered the contest! Their beautiful and fun photographs demonstrate the special place that Black Mountain holds in all of our hearts.

Professional photographers Don Asakawa, Richard Rubenstein and Jerry Sieve reviewed all entries and chose 13 photos for inclusion in the calendar. Congratulations to the photographer finalists: Tom Baker, Mike Burns, Mark Carroll, Mike Fournier, Jack Grenard, Bob Hughes, Margit Kagerer, Juan Loza, Amy Regan, Allan Rosen-Ducat, Nick Runge, Linda Sakane and Helena Spandau.

The photos will be on public display for viewing and voting for the "People's Choice Award" at the Cave Creek Museum from November 2-9 and the Land Trust's booth at the Cave Creek Bicycle Festival on November 10. The photos will then move to the Desert Foothills Library on November 12. Voting for the People's Choice Award will end on November 16 at 4 pm, but the display will remain at the Library through early December. Voting will also be available on the Land Trust's Facebook page until November 16. Community members are invited to visit, vote and enjoy these wonderful photos!

The photographer's top picks and the People's Choice Award winner will be announced at an awards reception for photographers to be held at the Desert Foothills Library on December 5. All finalist photos will be used in the 2013 Black Mountain Photo Contest calendar, which will be unveiled at that reception. The cover of the calendar will be the People's Choice Award-winning photograph. Calendars will be available for sale after that reception - just in time for holiday gift-giving!

By calling attention to the beauty and majesty of Black Mountain, Desert Foothills Land Trust hopes to emphasize the importance of land conservation in our communities. Please join in celebrating this special landmark by voting for your favorite for the People's Choice Award!

2011 People’s Choice Award winning photo by Gary Hockett.

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 and New River. The Land Trust has permanently protected 620 acres on 17 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. More information is available at or 480-488-6131.