We are a few weeks into the 2013 contest and are starting to sort out the Weekly Winners. Make sure to take a look at the weekly winners tab on the home page for the latest and greatest!
Week 1's winner comes to us from Darrell Staggs and his photo of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Darrell's use of light, reflection and shadows made this shot really stand out for the judges, I am sure you will agree!
We asked visitors to “Share the Experience” by submitting photos that highlighted the best of America's federal lands. The images and descriptions we received tell an incredible story of all the opportunities available on the nation’s public lands to find adventure, learn the nation’s history or just have a good time. Take a look at the winning photos, share them with your friends and maybe find the inspiration for your next trip to the great outdoors. Don’t forget your camera!
Our grand prize winner by Katherine Hawkins, who “submitted photos every week,” was taken while on a five day family backpacking trip in the Bridger Teton National Forest in Wyoming. Katherine told us that, “One afternoon at Island Lake the mosquitoes were swarming and my daughter (3.5 years old at the time) and I took refuge in the tent. The view from our tent was gorgeous and the late afternoon light was perfect, so I grabbed my camera to capture the moment.” Mosquitoes aren’t our favorite either Katherine, but to our judges your photo was. Congratulations on being selected as the Grand Prize winner!
For our second place winner, Sue Cullumber was scouting the Salt River in the Tonto National Forest in Mesa, Arizona as a possible location for her science class field trip, when she came to this scene. “A storm was building up and clouds just filled up the sky with the fantastic reflections in the water, the mountains in the background and the fisherman enjoying this amazing day – so I took advantage of this situation and shot several photos with this being my favorite.”
The judges obviously had similar feelings.
Our third place winner from Adam Jewell comes with quite an amazing story.
“I quit my job on my 36th birthday and drove from Philadelphia to Utah to ski Snowbird Ski resort for 2 months to get a break from the cubicle and computer screen. While in Utah I discovered the National Parks, fell in love and have been living in and out of my car for the better part of three years. The road trip will go for about one more year (four years total) until all 49 of the National Parks in the lower 48 states have been experienced.”
In his travels Adam found himself at Isle Royale National Park where he took this gem. We hope that the prize money and a complementary America the Beautiful 2013 pass will help Adam continue his journey!
Thanks again to all those who entered, we hope you enjoyed as much as we did!