Each year, the National Park Foundation’s Share the Experience photo contest recognizes some of the best photography taken inside U.S. National Parks and federal lands, awarding up to $10,000 to amateur photographers and wilderness aficionados. Between late April and December 2016, photographers submitted more than 16,500 images to the contest.
The grand prize-winning image, taken by Craig McIntyre of Rockport, Texas, captures a green tree frog in its marsh habitat in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Gulf Coast of Texas. The photo will appear on the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass for the year.
Below are 10 more prize-winning images from the Share the Experience contest, including general contest winners and honorable mentions in six subcategories (Adventure and Outdoor Recreation; Historical and Cultural; Scenic, Seasons, and Landscapes; Family, Friends, and Fun; Wildlife; and Night Skies).
Superior National Forest, Minnesota. Image Credit: Gary Hamer
Zion National Park, Utah. Image Credit: Christopher Regala
WINNER, SCENIC CATEGORY
Fantasy Canyon, Utah. Image Credit: John Donofrio
WINNER, WILDLIFE CATEGORY
Yellowstone National Park. Image Credit: Matthew Sorum
WINNER, NIGHT SKIES CATEGORY
Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Image Credit: Matthew Hanna
WINNER, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CATEGORY
Hoover Dam, Nevada. Image Credit: Michael McCook
WINNER, ADVENTURE CATEGORY
White Ridge Trail System, New Mexico. Image Credit: Raymond Lee
WINNER, EVERY KID IN THE PARK CATEGORY
Oologah Lake, Oklahoma. Image Credit: Joshua Slezak
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio. Image Credit: Rob Blair
National Mall and Memorial, Washington, D.C. Image Credit: Jack Hanton
All images courtesy the National Park Foundation’s 2016 Share the Experience Photo Contest.