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2017 Winners

2017 proved to be another incredible year for the Share the Experience Employee Photo Contest. The quality of the photos was superb making it ever more difficult for our judges to pick a winner.

The winning photos were selected based on their exemplary photographic qualities and their amazing representations of the spectacular recreational opportunities offered through our federal lands. We are proud to present the 2017 Winners.

The Grand Prize photo was taken by Steven Koehler, National Park Service, while visiting Yellowstone National Park. Here is what he had to say about the photo:

“A pair of Mountain Bluebirds were actively feeding their young at this nesting site, near the Beaver Ponds in Yellowstone National Park. A pair of Williamson’s Sapsuckers were curious about the Bluebird nest – so curious that the female Sapsucker entered the bluebird nest….much to the dismay of the Bluebirds. This image was taken shortly after the Sapsucker exited the nest.

This particular aspen has been a favorite site for nesting birds. Over the past decade, six different species of birds have nested in this aspen, including: Mountain Bluebirds, Williamson’ Sapsuckers, House Wrens, Hairy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers and Black-Capped Chickadees. Large, rectangular to oval-shaped holes indicate that Pileated Woodpeckers used this aspen for feeding. Sadly, this birding hotspot toppled over during the winter of 2017-18.”

Seven Koehler - “It’s my nest?” Yellowstone National Park

Presentation of the Grand Prize winning photo

Presentation of the Grand Prize winning photo: left to right Traci Kolc, National Park Service; Dan Smith, Acting Director of the National Park Service, Lisa Bourne McCaslin, National Park Service; and Amber Hanna, National Park Foundation.

Thank you to all those who entered the contest! Take some time to see all winners.

Hunter Frying Pan Wilderness

Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness by Debra Miller

Yukon Flats NWR - Canvasback Lake - Melanistic Horned Grebe

Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge by Adam Grimm

Antietam - Burnside Bridge

Antietam National Battlefield by Brian Poffenberger

Pasayten Wilderness  WA

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest/Pasayten Wilderness by Pablo McLoud

Grand Canyon NP

Grand Canyon National Park by Eric Creeden

Valley Forge NHP

Valley Forge National Historical Park by Bethany Dhunjisha

Glacier Bay - Kayaking in Front of Margerie Glacier

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Margerie Glacier by Kathy Dorish

Pair of Lillies_Kenilworth Aquatic Park and Aquatic Gardens

Kenilworth Aquatic Park and Aquatic Gardens by Sarah Waterworth

Dixie National Forest

Dixie National Forest by Zachary Schierl

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Island National Seashore by Ashton Strickland