Amateur shutterbugs invited to ’Share the Experience’

The Department of the Interior has announced the start of the 2013 “Share the Experience” contest, giving amateur photographers the chance to join the ranks of Ansel Adams, Thomas Moran, and others who have found recognition for their photographs of the nation’s public lands.

The “Share the Experience” photo contest showcases our nation’s public lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and recreation areas — and draws entries from all across the United States.

It is the largest national park and public land photo contest for amateur photographers.

The winning photograph will appear on the 2015 America the Beautiful pass for entrance to 2,000 federal recreation sites, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forests.

All entries have the chance to be featured on the Interior Depart-ment’s popular Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Prizes provided by the National Park Foundation, Active Network, Air Wick and Historic Hotels of America include a $15,000 cash prize, a Columbia backpack, a pass to the national parks and other federal lands and other items for the grand prize winner.

Second and third place winners, as well as seven honorable mention winners, will also receive prizes.

The “Share the Experience” contest began May 10 and runs through Dec. 31.

Amateur photographers can participate by uploading photos on

Story First Published: 2013-06-05