2016 Photo Contest

Show us your national parks!

In honor of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, we're dedicating this year's photo contest to the parks you love, whether they are internationally famous or almost entirely unheard of. Show us what you love about your favorite park(s): the people, wildlife, landscape, trees, wildflowers. There’s only one rule: The photos must be taken in a national park in one of the 11 Western states: New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. What makes our parks and monuments special to you?

Winning images will be published online and may be printed in the magazine. Winners are eligible for prizes from MindShift Gear.

VOTE for your favorite photos
Vote for your favorite images between Sept. 1 - Sept. 15, 2016 at midnight.

Submission for the contest ran Aug. 1 - Aug. 31, 2016.

Please note: To submit up to three photos or to vote for your choices, you must be a registered user of our website.

  • Registered users, please login here, if you aren't already.

The contest will result in two overall winners: one audience-chosen and one HCN editor choice. Prize awarded will be a MindShift rotation 180° Trail 16L backpack, specific for photographers, or a MindShift FirstLight 20L backpack. Thank you to MindShift Gear for sponsoring this contest!

The fine print:

If you have any issues with or questions about the photo contest, please contact the contest administrator, Gretchen King, at [email protected].