2017 Mystic River Photo Contest

Explore your Mystic! When you think about the “Mystic”, what comes to mind? It could be a scene, a description, or an unknown adventure… This time, define your own “Mystic,” and tell us the story.

Congratulations to our Photo Contest Winners!

We had 190 photographs submitted, making for tough competition this year. Thanks to all who entered!

Best in Show

  1. Kim Nagy, The Sound of Warbler Music


  1. Julia Novina, High Street Bridge
  2. Agnes Horigan Baker, Mist rising at dawn
  3. Douglas Shoop, Reflections of the Old Dock, at the Upper Mystic Lake
  4. Lynn Wiles, Little Landscape

People in Parks

  1. Julia Novina, Autumn Canopy
  2. Douglas Shoop, Sittin’ on the Dock of the…Upper Mystic Lake

Recreation on the Water

  1. Jon Keller, Paddling with my shadows
  2. Ken Legler, Sailing through Ice
  3. Ramkumar Subramanian, Sailing at sunset
  4. Ken Legler, Ice-Out Day


  1. Rick Olick, Great Horned Owlet Siblings
  2. Moira Ashleigh, Great Blue Heron Flies Away
  3. George Mclean, 
  4. Moira Ashleigh, Redtailed Hawk Portrait: Intimate Autumn

Photo Contest Judges

Michael Fager - bio coming soon!

David Mussina has spent the last nine years photographing the Mystic River that flows through his neighborhood and documenting the river as a watershed. With the assistance of MyRWA and other environmental organizations, this body of work is being organized into a book. It will integrate within seasonal views informative chapters that address important issues involving water quality, environmental protection, access, and the Mystic River Watershed’s significant role in Boston’s metropolitan development. 
His work has been exhibited locally at the Museum of Fine Arts, the DeCordova Museum, Harvard University, Tufts University, Robert Klein Gallery, the Photographic Resource Center, and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum. David recently retired from 32 years of teaching photography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, now a part of Tufts University.

Tom Whelan is an award-winning nature photographer and naturalist who specializes in close-up photography of plants and insects, portraits of wildlife, and intimate landscapes. His images range from abstracts of natural designs, to butterfly portraits, high magnification images of ice crystals, floral abstracts, and forest and waterfall scenes. His clients include the City of Aspen (Colorado), Trent University (Ontario), the North American Butterfly Association, the Boston Museum of Science, and others. Check out his work at http://www.whelanphoto.com/
and http://tomwhelan.wordpress.com/