Sharing the Beauty of Public Lands

Share the Experience” 2016 Contest Winners

Green Tree Frog Photo Wins Grand Prize

The grand prize winner for the 2016 Share Your Experience photo contest, is this stunning green tree frog. The moment was captured on Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas by Craig McIntrye.

“I like photographing the frogs because they’re artistic — little reptiles and amphibians are gorgeous to me. I’ve been studying them for 60 years now — patterns, designs and their behavior all fascinate me. In Texas, we don’t have a lot of public lands, and they’re very important to me along with public access to them — especially places like Big Bend National Park, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and even South Padre Island National Seashore.” — Craig McIntrye

Night Skies Winner

The winner of the night skies category was taken at Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge by Matthew Hanna.

“I wanted to take a picture that contained the stars, the beach and the ocean in an attempt to capture the mood of visits to the area. I absolutely love hiking the Oregon Island area, I visit as much as possible. It’s a special place with lots of rugged crags, foggy vistas and tide pools with the low tide. You never really see it the same way twice. Public lands mean quite a lot to me. These parks, forests and refuges are places for my adventures.” — Matthew Hanna

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>> See the rest of the 2016 contest winners

Enter the Contest

Now that the 2016 winners are announced, the 2017 contest is open! Follow these guidelines and submit your entry to share the beauty of these public places we love.

Where must the photos be taken?

Photos must be taken on the lands or within the facilities of these participating agencies:

  1. National Park Service
  2. U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  3. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  4. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  5. U.S. Forest Service
  6. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Photographs must be taken between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2017 and contest entries are accepted from May 4, 2017 to December 31, 2017. Winners will be announced Spring 2018.

How to Submit?

  1. Submit photos at:
  2. Only submit photos you yourself have taken
  3. Submit photos in JPEG format. Try to ensure that the photo is 2 mb or larger with high resolution (300 DPI) as the winning photos must work in print.

Enter the 2017 Photo Contest >>

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