Please read the Official Contest Rules here and find Frequently Asked Questions here.

Please note, only photos taken on the lands, waters or within facilities of the participating federal agencies are qualified. Photos submitted featuring city or state lands and waters will be rejected.


We’re seeking amazing photos from amateur photographers that highlight the best of America's federal public lands and waters in the following categories*:

Outdoors for All

Demonstrate how public lands welcome and connect us all by highlighting the diversity of locations, activities, and visitors. This category spotlights people, of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, exploring and enjoying the spectrum of experiences available at our public lands and waters.

Everyday Adventures

Englebright Lake

An incredible experience doesn’t require visiting an iconic destination. Adventure can be found in the everyday. Discover new places and capture activities and imagery from lesser-known public lands and waters across the country.

History & Heritage

train at golden spike NHS

From monuments and battlefields to re-enactments and cultural celebrations, this category is meant to showcase the rich history and diversity of the United States and the special places and traditions that preserve and promote them.

Scenery & Seasons

Bridger Teton National Forest

The scenic vistas, sweeping landscapes, and beautiful flora of public lands can be found in far-off locales or closer to home than you think - capture fall foliage, forests, winter wonderlands, flowers, mountains, deserts, canyons, lakes, seashores, rivers and more.


fox at simpson springs pony express station

Take a walk on the wild side with photos of the incredible array of animals that call federal lands and waters home. Remember to always keep your distance and stay safe!

Night Skies

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument at night

Starlight and starbright, capture the magic of a night out under the stars. Slow the shutter speed down and see what develops! Remember to stay in designated areas and follow all guidelines about hours for visitation.

*Please Note: Each photo can be submitted in up to 2 categories. An overwhelming amount of entries are submitted to Scenery & Seasons, while great categories like Outdoors for All and History & Heritage receive fewer entries overall. Each category has such potential, so be intentional and creative when choosing your photo categories!