A 2022 photo contest entry: Rainbow over Montauk. (Photo: State Parks)

State launches Outdoor Photo Contest

The state’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Department of Environmental Conservation launched the 2022 Outdoor Photo Contest to highlight the best of New York’s natural beauty and special destinations among New York’s state campgrounds and parklands.

The online contest is held in partnership with ReserveAmerica.com powered by Aspira, the state’s camping reservation system. The contest which runs through mid-October, will have a grand prize winner along with six individual category winners, with the winning images to be featured in the 2023 New York State Camping Guide and other entries will be used in statewide digital and print campaigns.

The six submission categories are Camping Life; Seasonal Spectacular; Action & Adventure; Hiking; Views & Vistas; and Making Memories.

Prize packages include a grand prize of a $1,000 REI gift card; one 4-person tent; a 2023 Empire Pass; and a $250 NY camping gift card; and six individual category winners will each receive $250 REI gift card, a 2023 Empire Pass, and a $100 NY camping gift card. 

All entries must be photographs taken at New York State-owned parklands in the two-year period between June 15, 2020 and October 15, 2022. Contest entries are accepted from June 15 to Oct. 15.

Winners will be announced by Dec. 31, 2022. Photos will be judged on originality; artistic composition; technical quality; and whether the photograph showcases the best of New York State Parks camping and outdoor activities. 

Submissions and all additional information regarding contest rules, eligibility and prizes is available at nyphotochallenge.com.

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