Share the Experience Official Federal Recreation Lands Photo Contest, US

Publish Date: Jul 29, 2016

Deadline: Dec 31, 2016


We're seeking amazing photos from amateur photographers that highlight the best of America's federal lands, national parks and historical sites in these categories:

Adventure & Outdoor Recreation
Share photos of your favorite activities and adventures on federal lands across America's Great Outdoors – camping, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, kayaking, skiing, climbing, riding, etc.

Historical & Cultural
Inspire with images depicting historical locations and cultural events – from national historical sites and monuments to cultural celebrations on federal lands

Scenic, Seasons & Landscapes
Capture scenic vistas and sweeping landscapes - fall foliage, forests, winter wonderlands, flowers, mountains, deserts, canyons, lakes, beaches, rivers and more.

Every Kid In A Park
In conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Outside! initiative, Every Kid in a Park encourages kids and families to be active and explore America's Great Outdoors. Launched in 2015, the initiative strives to connect kids with natural resources and create the next generation of visitors, advocates, and supporters of our public lands.

Take a walk on the wild side with photos of wildlife on federal lands – mammals, birds, insects and reptiles. Keep your distance and stay safe!

Night Skies
Capture the magic of a night out under the stars. Slow the shutter speed down and see what develops!


Photos must be taken on the lands or within the facilities of these participating agencies:

  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Photographs must be taken between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016 and contest entries are accepted from April 28, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Winners will be announced Spring 2017.

How to Submit?

Submit photos at the "Further official information" below. 
Only submit photos you yourself have taken
Submit photos in JPEG format. Try to ensure that the photo is 2 mb or larger with high resolution (300 DPI) as the winning photos must work in print.

How are the Photos Judged?

Photos will be judged on the following criteria:
(i) originality, (ii) artistic composition, (iii) technical quality, (iv) photographic technique, and (v) whether the photograph showcases the best of America's recreational opportunities.
See Prizes here.


We are looking for the official photo that will be featured on the America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Lands Pass for 2017. Plus, it's a fantastic way to "Share the Experience" and let others see and appreciate all the incredible federal lands and adventures across the nation.

Who's Eligible to Enter?

Legal residents of the 50 United States and DC, and at least 13 years of age or older as of April 28, 2016.
Amateur Photographers (less than 20% of your total income is from photography).
Photographs must be taken by you and you must have the rights to the photo.

Who's Ineligible to Enter?

  • Employees of the participating agencies and sponsors and their family members are not eligible to win prizes. You are allowed to upload photos, but must check the box identifying that you are an employee.
  • An Employee is considered anyone who has been or will be employed by a partner or sponsor during the contest period or was employed during the time the photograph in question was taken.
  • Individuals who derive 20% or more of their income from photography. Those who derive more than 20% of their income from photography are not prohibited from entering photos but are not eligible to win prizes.



What Not to Do

  • Do not alter or manipulate photos except for minimal cropping, red eye removal and/or adjustment of contrast, brightness or saturation. Photo techniques such as HDR or long exposures are accepted.
  • Don't break any laws or rules of federal lands
  • Don't do anything unsafe
  • Don't photograph anything that is inappropriate, indecent or obscene
  • No watermarks or logos

What to Do

Enjoy your experience and share it with us!
Vote for your favorites online
Tell your friends

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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