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Share the Experience LogoAs RVers we take photos to document our travels. And because we travel to some  beautiful places, we sometimes take some beautiful photographs. If you have a few photos you think are extra beatiful here’s an opportunity to show them off and maybe win a prize.

The Department of the Interior announced the start of the 2013 “Share the Experience” contest, giving amateur photographers the chance to join the ranks of Ansel Adams, Thomas Moran, and others who have found recognition for their photographs of the nation’s public lands.

The “Share the Experience” photo contest showcases our nation’s public lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and recreation areas – and draws entries from all across the United States. It is the largest national park and public land photo contest for amateur photographers.

“Photography has the power to make the great outdoors accessible so that we all can see some of the most beautiful places in the world through the eyes of people like Ansel Adams,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “This is a fun competition that helps strengthen the connection between Americans and their public lands, and I look forward to seeing the submissions from across the country.”

This year, a new Let’s Move Outside! photo category will encourage families to explore the outdoors and lead active lifestyles. Let’s Move Outside! is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to raise a healthier generation of kids.

The winning photograph will appear on the 2015 America the Beautiful pass for entrance to 2,000 federal recreation sites, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forests. All entries have the chance to be featured on the Interior Department’s popular Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Prizes provided by the National Park Foundation, Active Network, Air Wick and Historic Hotels of America include a $15,000 cash prize, a Columbia backpack, a pass to the national parks and other federal lands, and other items for the grand prize winner. Second and third place winners, as well as 7 Honorable Mention winners, will also receive prizes.

The “Share the Experience” begins May 10, 2013 and runs through December 31, 2013. Amateur photographers can participate by uploading photos on

“Share the Experience” is sponsored by Active Network, Air Wick, Historic Hotels of America and the National Park Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.

To view the 2012 contest winners as wells as the contest rules and a complete list of prizes, please see

They are defined as nationally significant historic places but America’s national historic landmarks are also at times unexpected and even quirky.

“National historic landmarks are great photography subjects,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Whether you are a history buff, dedicated traveler or a neighborhood explorer we’re looking for your photos for the 13th Annual National Historic Landmark Photo Contest.”

There are nearly 2,500 national historic landmarks to photograph all across the nation. They include railway buildings, a recording studio, college stadiums, submarines, a giant antenna array and cemeteries. There is a space simulator, water pumping station and at least one giant wooden elephant.

The former Presidential Yacht USS Sequoia (AG 23), now privately owned, is designated a National Historic Landmark.

The former Presidential Yacht USS Sequoia (AG 23), now privately owned, is designated a National Historic Landmark.

The contest is open through June 13 at midnight EDT. For complete rules visit the National Park Service’s 2012 NHL Photo Contest page on Flickr: Although a picture is worth a thousand words, photographers are asked to share a little insight into their experience of capturing national historic landmark images by answering a few questions.

While visiting this national historic landmark: I learned … or I loved … or I met … or I discovered … We’re eager to see your images and read about your experiences.

National historic landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. A national historic landmark may be a historic building, site, structure, object, or district. Working with citizens throughout the nation, the National Park Service National Historic Landmarks Program draws upon the expertise of National Park Service staff to identify and nominate new landmarks and to provide technical assistance to existing landmarks.

For more information about the National Park Service National Historic

Landmarks Program, visit

As 2011 comes to a close, gather your favorite photographic memories for Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s “Best of 2011 at Colorado State Parks” photo contest. Entrants who are 18 years of age or older are invited to submit their photos of people enjoying their favorite state parks in all seasons and all outdoor recreational activities. Categories for entry include: Best of Winter, Best of Spring/Summer and Best of Fall.

Photo submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2012. On Feb. 8, 2012, five finalists from each category will be announced and posted on Colorado State Parks Facebook page. The public will then get one week to vote for their favorite photo. The photos receiving the most votes in each category by Feb.15, 2012 will win.

“We have so many beautiful state parks in Colorado and visitors who are passionate about their outdoor pursuits. It seems natural to let the visitors tell the story of their memorable experiences at state parks through their photo submissions,” said Gary Thorson, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Assistant Director.

The contest winners in each category will receive a 2012 Colorado State Parks annual pass, which provides entrance to all 42 state park locations, and a $50 Cabela’s Gift Card, courtesy of The Foundation for Colorado State Parks. Winning photos will also be featured on the Colorado State Parks website and may also be used in various marketing and promotional activities.

Photos must be taken at a Colorado State Park to qualify and all types of recreation are welcome, including people enjoying their favorite state park campsite, cabin or yurt. Photos will be judged on their content, composition, subject, relevance to Colorado State Parks, and originality. See complete Contest Rules and Conditions at

Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit


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