11 Phenomenal Images From the National Park Foundation’s Annual Photo Contest

A green tree frog in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas
A green tree frog in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas
Craig McIntyre

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


Fantasy Canyon, Utah. Image Credit: John Donofrio


Yellowstone National Park. Image Credit: Matthew Sorum


Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Image Credit: Matthew Hanna


Hoover Dam, Nevada. Image Credit: Michael McCook


White Ridge Trail System, New Mexico. Image Credit: Raymond Lee


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.

Amazon Customers Are Swearing by a $102 Mattress


Before you go out and spend hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars on a new mattress, you may want to turn to Amazon. According to Esquire, one of the most comfortable mattresses on the market isn’t from Tempur-Pedic, Casper, or IKEA. It’s a budget mattress you can buy on Amazon for as little as $102.

Linenspa's 8-inch memory foam and innerspring hybrid mattress has more than 24,000 customer reviews on Amazon, and 72 percent of those buyers gave it five stars. The springs are topped by memory foam and a quilted top layer that make it, according to one customer, a “happy medium of both firm and plush.”


Perhaps because of its cheap price point, many people write that they first purchased it for their children or their guest room, only to find that it far exceeded their comfort expectations. One reviewer who bought it for a guest room wrote that “it is honestly more comfortable than the expensive mattress we bought for our room.” Pretty impressive for a bed that costs less than some sheet sets.

Getting a good night's sleep is vital for your health and happiness, so do yourself a favor and make sure your snooze is as comfortable as possible.

The mattress starts at $102 for a twin and goes up to $200 for a king. Check it out on Amazon.

[h/t Esquire]

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