In the coming year, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday. The National Park Service is encouraging everyone to Find Your Park and to learn, remember or share why your park is special to you.
This year’s National Public Lands Day Photo Contest focuses on Finding Your Park. Photograph what makes Sitka National Historical Park special to you and submit your entry to win one of our limited edition, local artist-designed Sitka National Historical Park t-shirts.
Beginning Friday, Aug. 21, Sitka National Historical Park will accept entries for the 2015 National Public Lands Day (Sept. 26) photo contest. Space permitting, all entries will be displayed in the resulting photo exhibit, Find Your Park: What Makes Sitka National Historical Park Special to You?
To enter, email or submit up to three photos relating to the following categories:
- Russian or Native Culture — Any aspect of Russian or Southeast Alaska Native culture found within Sitka National Historical Park.
- Nature — Alaskan scenery, flora or fauna found in its natural habitat within Sitka National Historical Park.
- Beach — Capture an element within the beach area of Sitka National Historical Park.
- Small Perspectives — A category for children 13 years of age and younger. Take a picture within the park that explains why Sitka National Historical Park is special to you.
All entries must be submitted with an entry form no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Visitor Center front desk, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contestants may enter up to three submissions total. Photo sizes must be four inches by six inches. Electronically submitted photographs are held to the same size limitations at a resolution no lower than 300 dpi (dots per inch). Accepted file formats include jpeg, tiff, and png.
Contestants who e-mail their submissions must include in the body of their email the following information: contestant name, location (city, state), preferred contact info (email or phone), category, and title of work (or leave untitled). Entrants must also attest that they own the image, and they agree to release the photo to the public domain. Photographs may be picked up at the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center from noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday, from Oct. 19-31. Submissions will not be mailed back to contestants. The official entry form can be downloaded from the park’s main web page: http://go.nps.gov/photocontest.
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.
Each of the four category winners will receive a First Place ribbon and a limited edition, local artist-designed Sitka National Historical Park t-shirt. The winner of the People’s Choice award for the most popular photo on the park’s Facebook account will also receive a t-shirt. Every entrant in the children’s category will receive a participation ribbon.
Entries will be framed by park staff and will remain on display throughout the duration of the Find Your Park: What Makes Sitka National Historical Park Special to You? exhibit in the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center from Sept. 18 through Oct. 18.