2022 proved to be another incredible year for the Share the Experience Photo Contest. The quality of the photos was superb making it ever more difficult for our judges to pick a winner.
The winning photos were selected based on their exemplary photographic qualities and their amazing representations of the spectacular recreational opportunities offered through our federal lands and waters. We are proud to present the 2022 winners.
Grand Prize Winner | Paulette Donnellon , Wupatki National Monument
"The image was taken in July of 2022 when my son and I embarked upon our "epic road trip" throughout central and northern Arizona. Taken at the Wupatki National Monument, we were walking towards the Box Canyon Ruins when this reptile popped up from behind a rock in what seemed to be a barren landscape. My first reaction was astonishment. I have never seen anything like it, nor had my son, who loves reptiles. The colors were extraordinary!"
2nd Place | Aaron Enloe, Inyo National Forest
"Hiking up and framing the shot was beyond magical - because of the weather, we were the only people there and had a proverbial winter wonderland all to ourselves. The steam rising off of the hot springs, contrasting with the fresh snow, the sun peeking out through the clouds briefly before the next storm rolled in - it made for a stunning scene that was all the more meaningful to me because it was a reminder of the rewards that await trying something new (for us, camping) and pushing out of your comfort zone, getting outdoors, and slowing down to be present in and appreciate the natural beauty that is preserved in national lands across the country. "
3rd Place | Josh Keogh, Isle Royale National Park
Kayaking at sunset along the minor islands in Isle Royale.
Scenic, Seasons & Landscapes | Angela Goin, Grand Teton National Park
The Grand Teton Mountain Range is reflected over the calm waters of Colter Bay.
Outdoors for All | Nina Mayer Ritchie, Bridger-Teton National Forest
"Camping in the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Green River Lakes was a magical experience for my family. I loved splashing around with my little boys in the shallow waters along the shoreline, while this stunning scenery surrounded us."
Historical & Cultural | Richard Matthias, Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Photo taken at Salem Maritime during July 2022 full moonrise. Ship is the Friendship of Salem moored at Derby Wharf. Friendship , which is currently undergoing repairs, is a full-size replica of the original East Indiaman. To the right of the Friendship in the picture at the end of Derby Wharf is Derby Wharf Lighthouse.
Salem Maritime was established in 1938 as the first National Historic Site in the country.
Wildlife | Magnus Rasmussen, Grand Teton National Park
Adventure & Outdoor Recreation | Kevin Liow, BLM Wyoming - Bighorn Basin
"This cave is on the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming. Access is extremely limited due to preservation. I had the privilege to volunteer on an expedition in the summer to help map and explore the caves. This specific photo was taken at the deepest part of the cave. Extreme caution and preparation was used before entering this cave."
Night Skies | Michael Piacenza, Channel Islands National Park
Shipwreck (presumed to be the U.S.S Reaper) visible in Smugglers Cove March 2022