Every year, through Share the Experience, hundreds of thousands of people have the opportunity to participate in one of the longest running and highest profile photography contests. The contest for 2018 just recently opened, and will be accepting submissions until December 31, 2018, but there's no time like now to join in fun.
There is a $10,000 prize for the first place winner, a $5,000 prize for second place, and a $3,000 prize for the third place winner. The contest opened on May 21 and will be open until the end of the year and the winners will be announced in Spring 2019. This contest is for so much more than imagery of America's national parks. Suggested submission categories include the following:
- Adventure and outdoor recreation
- Historical and cultural
- Scenic, seasons, and landscapes
- Family, friends, and fun
- Night skies
In order to enter the contest you must be a legal resident of the 50 United States and D.C. and at least 13 years of age. You must be an amateur photographer (less than 20 percent of your total income can come from photography), and photographs must be taken by you and you must have the rights to the image.
Let your imagination go crazy here, because you can take pictures in just about any location and it will fit the paradigm for acceptance. Photos must be taken on the lands or within the facilities of the following participating agencies (this covers so much of what's out there that you'd be hard pressed to take a good outdoors shot that wouldn't count):
- 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
I participate in this contest every year simply because it's just a lot of fun. Besides, you never do know, your image might just be the one that gets printed on next year's annual parks pass and seen by millions upon millions of people. Also, because of the sheer numbers of submissions which are shared and published on the website each year, Share the Experience has become a great source of inspiration for me simply because I can go browse all these amazing shots to come up with ideas of where to travel to next. If you're not already involved with it, I'd recommend at least taking a look for yourself and enjoying the submissions that have already been shared so far.