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Photo Guidelines

Please read the Official Contest Rules here and find Frequently Asked Questions here.


We’re seeking amazing photos from amateur photographers that highlight the best of America's federal public lands in the following categories:

  1. Adventure & Outdoor Recreation
    Share photos of your favorite activities and adventures on federal lands across the country – camping, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, kayaking, skiing, climbing, riding, etc.
  2. Family, Friends & Fun
    Friends, Family and Fun encourages friends and families to explore America's natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history.
  3. Historical & Cultural
    Inspire with images depicting historical and cultural locations – from national historical sites and monuments to cultural celebrations on federal lands.
  4. Scenic, Seasons & Landscapes
    Capture scenic vistas and sweeping landscapes - fall foliage, forests, winter wonderlands, flowers, mountains, deserts, canyons, lakes, seashores, rivers and more.
  5. Urban Playgrounds
    Some of our most exciting sites are in, or just a stone's throw from, America's biggest cities, providing unique opportunities for urban residents (and visitors) to experience the natural, historical, and cultural heritage of our federal lands.
  6. Wildlife
    Take a walk on the wild side with photos of wildlife on federal lands – mammals, birds, insects and reptiles. Keep your distance and stay safe!


Photos must be taken on the lands or within the facilities of these participating agencies:

  1. National Park Service
  2. U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  3. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  4. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  5. U.S. Forest Service
  6. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Photographs must be taken between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2019 and contest entries are accepted from May 30, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Winners will be announced Spring 2020.

How to Submit?

  1. Submit photos at: www.sharetheexperience.org
  2. Only submit photos you yourself have taken
  3. Photos must be submitted in JPEG format. Please try to ensure submitted photos are 2MB or larger with high resolution (300 DPI) as the winning photos must work in print. Photos less then 2MB will be accepted but will not be eligible to win prizes.

How are the Photos Judged?

Photos will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. originality
  2. artistic composition
  3. technical quality
  4. photographic technique
  5. whether the photograph showcases the best of America's recreational opportunities.


We are looking for the official photo that will be featured on the America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Lands Pass for 2021. Plus, it's a fantastic way to "Share the Experience" and let others see and appreciate all the incredible federal lands and adventures across the nation.

Who's Eligible to Enter?

  1. Amateur photographers
  2. Legal residents of the 50 United States and DC, and at least 13 years of age or older as of May 30, 2019
  3. Photographs must be taken by you and you must have the rights to the photo.

Who's Ineligible to Enter?

  1. Professional photographers
    1. For the purposes of the Contest, a professional photographer is defined as anyone who (i) is or has been employed full or part-time as a photographer or in a like capacity; (ii) has an established photography business with the purpose of earning a majority of their income (iii) currently or previously identified as a professional photographer.
  2. Employees or volunteers of the participating agencies and sponsors, and their family members are not eligible to enter.
    1. An Employee/volunteer is considered anyone who has been or will be employed/working as a volunteer by a partner or sponsor during the contest period or was employed/worked as a volunteer during the time the photograph in question was taken.
    2. Employees and volunteers of the participating federal agencies are eligible to enter the Employee Contest

What Not to Do

  1. Do not alter or manipulate photos except for cropping; red eye removal; adjustment of contrast, brightness or saturation. Photo techniques such as HDR or long exposures are accepted. Alteration of the originally captured image should be subtle and nearly undetectable to the untrained eye.
  2. Don't break any laws or rules of federal lands
  3. Don't do anything unsafe
  4. Don't photograph anything that is inappropriate, indecent or obscene
  5. No watermarks or logos

What to Do

  1. Enjoy your experience and share it with us!
  2. Vote for your favorites online
  3. Tell your friends

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