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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 2019 are:

  • Selfie – You love to commemorate your visits; we love to see them.
  • Dogs In the Outdoors – They can’t take a selfie, but you can share one of your furry family members enjoying the outdoors. (Please note: If dogs are required to be on leash in the place where they are photographed, we will scrutinize the photos for appropriate behavior.)
  • Other Wildlife Sightings – From birds and bears to snakes and salamanders, we love to see who’s sharing our lands.
  • Park and Forest Adventures – Show us how you like to explore, learn, or relax in Pennsylvania’s State Parks and Forests.
  • Motion – Capture movement in Pennsylvania’s State Parks and Forests, be it human or natural.
  • Intergenerational Joy – A special part of our state parks and forests legacy is the gathering of everone from young to old. Show us your family (however that is constituted) at rest and at play – making millions of memories.
  • Young Photographers 12-17 – The creative young photographers dazzle us every year with their artistic eye.

Voting will open on September 11. In the meantime, enjoy the People’s Choice and Critics’ Choice Best in Show winners from 2018 – and check out all the 2018 winners in the Gallery. Click to “Gallery” at the top of any page of the website!

Critics’ Choice Best in Show. Bruce Walkovich. Susquehannock State Forest.

People’s Choice Best in Show. Jennifer Esken. Lackawanna State Park.


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