Sitka National Historical Park annual park photo contest open for submissions


SitkaNationalHistoricalParkSignFor more than 120 years, visitors have embarked on their own unique journeys through time and place as they experience Sitka National Historical Park’s dynamic cultural and natural landscape. Whether you’ve lived in Sitka your whole life or visited for an afternoon, you too, have seen the interplay of natural and cultural changes in the park.

Sitka National Historical Park is now accepting entries for the 2014 National Public Lands Day photo contest. Space permitting, all entries will be displayed in the resulting photo exhibit, Sitka National Historical Park: Then & Now, which illustrates these interpretations of time and place, and the slightly different lens through which each visitor views and experiences the park.

To enter, email or submit up to three photos relating to the following categories:

  • Native Heritage: Capture any aspect of Southeast Alaska Native culture.
  • Sitka National Historical Park Wildlife: Alaskan wildlife in their natural habitat in the park.
  • Sitka National Historical Park Scenery: Southeast Alaska’s beauty as seen from the park.
  • E.W. Merrill: Reproduce the historic E.W. Merrill photographs of the park (historic photos may be obtained at the visitor center or online for reference)
  • Small Perspectives: Photos taken by youth ages 13 and younger relating to the park.

All entries must be submitted with an entry form no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center front desk, or emailed to Contestants may enter up to three submissions total. The minimum photo size is 4 inches x 6 inches. The maximum size is 11 inches x 14 inches. Electronically submitted photographs are held to the same size limitations at a resolution no lower than 300 dpi (dots/pixels per inch). Accepted file formats include jpeg, tiff, and png.

Contestants who email their submissions must include in the body of their email the following information: contestant name, location (city, state), category, title of work (or leave untitled), email and/or mailing address (preferred contact), and daytime phone number. They must also attest that they own the image, and they agree to release the photo to the public domain. No photographs will be returned to contestants. The official entry form and complete entry details can be downloaded from the park’s main web page:

Photographers can enter to win as long as no more than 25 percent of the contestant’s income derives from the sale of their photographs.

Local judges will evaluate submissions and determine category winners, taking into consideration originality, artistic composition, technical quality, and whether the photos showcase Sitka National Historical Park resources. The People’s Choice Award will be awarded to the photo with the most likes on the Sitka National Historical Park Facebook page (

There will be three first-place ribbons awarded for the adult categories, and a People’s Choice award for the most popular photo on the park’s Facebook account. Every entrant in the children’s category will receive a participation ribbon.

Entries will be mounted by park staff and will remain on display throughout the duration of the Sitka National Historical Park: Then & Now exhibit in the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center (Sept. 19 through Oct. 17). The winners will be announced during National Public Lands Day events on Saturday, Sept. 27.


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