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Photo Contest

Let Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests inspire the Ansel Adams in you! The annual Parks & Forests Thru the Seasons photo contest allows professional and amateurs alike to vie for supremacy in a variety of categories, capturing all that is special and the memories that are made in our state parks and forests. Once selected each year, our photo showcase gallery goes on tour across the commonwealth the following spring – and the whole process begins again with the launch of a new contest each September.

Our categories for 2018 are:

  • The Built Environment
  • Dogs in the Outdoors
  • Fun in the Outdoors
  • Beauty All Around
  • Off the Beaten Path*
  • Young Photographers (ages 12-17)

We love photographs from all seasons, so check out the rules and submit your photos now. The deadline to enter is September 5 at noon.


There were over 500 photographs submitted this  year so it took a little while to get them organized.
Voting will take place from 9/24 to 10/1. Watch our social media and Facebook for the official “opening of the polls.” Good luck, photographers, and thank you!


* In celebration of the 125th anniversary of our state parks and forests, we invite you to visit one of the lesser known gems of the state parks and forests. Oftentimes, these hidden treasures allow a quieter recreational experience but they don’t short-change the beauty at all. Why not visit:
Looking for inspiration? Enjoy the People’s Choice and Critics’ Choice Best in Show winners from 2017 – and check out all the 2017 winners with a click to the Gallery tab at the top of any page of our site.

Critics’ Choice Best in Show – Douglas Clifford, Blue Knob State Park. Layers of Color

People’s Choice Best in Show – Phyllis Terchanik, Prince Gallitzin State Park. Dog & Butterfly.






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