The Yellowstone Park Foundation and Nature’s Best Photography magazine are launching the Yellowstone ForeverPhoto Contest,created to celebrate the world’s first national park through photography and public participation.
Designed as a run-up to the National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary in 2016, the Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest is one of several Yellowstone Park Foundation activities planned to observe the Centennial. It is also the first global photo competition to be focused on Yellowstone.
“As we join in the celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary, our goal is to focus on Yellowstone National Park through the eyes of Park visitors,” said Karen Bates Kress, president of the Yellowstone Park Foundation. “What they have witnessed over the years, and the photographs they have made will surely result in a remarkable body of work.”
Entries for the contest will be accepted from June 1, 2015 through Sept. 10, 2015 in four categories: Wildlife, Landscapes, Yellowstone Adventure, and a Mobile category for images created on phones and tablets.
Winners will be featured in Nature’s Best Photography magazine in spring 2016, displayed in a print exhibition at the Old Faithful Haynes Photo Shop during the summer of 2016, and will appear in online galleries and multimedia presentations. In addition to this exposure, contest winners will receive cash and prizes. To enter, photographers can visit www.ypf.org/contest or www.naturesbestphotography.com/yellowstone.
“We want to involve photographers at all levels of experience and background,” said Steve Freligh, co-publisher of Nature’s Best Photography magazine and chair of the competition judging panel. “Whether you live in the United States or abroad, if you have ever traveled to Yellowstone National Park and have favorite images and adventures to share, we invite you to be part of this historic public collection of nature photography.”
Judges for the new global contest include Steve Freligh, Editor-in-Chief of Nature’s Best Photography magazine; Tom Murphy, world renown wilderness photographer and naturalist, who has photographed Yellowstone for over 40 years; and Annie Griffiths, one of the first women photographers for National Geographic.
Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park’s 2.2 million acre expanse is home to grizzly and black bears, herds of bison, elk, wolves, and much more. The wild, mountainous landscape of rivers, geysers, lakes, waterfalls, and the magnificent Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone inspire millions of visitors every year to take pictures and share their experiences.