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We are seeking photos that share the best of New York State Parks in the following six categories. Photographs taken in other locations not managed by New York State Parks do not qualify.

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Photo Guidelines

Please read the Official Contest Rules.

What?

We are seeking photos that share the best of New York State Parks in the following six catego​ries. Photographs taken in other locations not managed by New York State Parks do not qualify.

·        Camping Life – From cozy bonfires to four-star outdoor dining, tents to campers, string lights to welcome mats, show us your clan’s unique camping style, and personal flair.

·        Seasonal Spectacular – New York State is beautiful year-round, so send us your images that showcase endless summer, fall foliage, winter wonderlands, or spring fever.

·        Action & Adventure – Capture the best of you and your ‘squad’ in action, whether on the water, at the beach, on the trail, on the playing fields, along the bike paths, on the links, or wherever you play hard in the parks.

·        Hiking – We love to see park visitors of all ages and abilities enjoying the trails. Pix of leashed, four-legged companions welcome too!

·        Views & Vistas – The Empire State is brimming with jaw-dropping, heart-stopping views. Capture and share some of these breathtaking natural settings.

·        Making Memories – First steps, learning to swim, fish tales, family bonding, old friends, new friends, marriage proposals, and more! Share your milestones and special memories.

When?

All photographs must be taken on lands managed by New York State-Owned Parklands between a two-year period from June 15, 2020, and October 15, 2022. Contest entries are accepted from the start of contest on June 15, 2022, 12 a.m. ET to October 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced by December 31, 2022.

How to Submit?

·         Submit photos at: http://nyphotochallenge.com

·         Entries must be submitted by the original creator.

·        Submit photos in JPEG format. Try to ensure that the photo is 3 mb or larger with high resolution (300 DPI) as the winning photos must work in print.

·       There is a limit of ten (10) entries total per individual regardless as to the method of entry. Additional entries received from any individual beyond the tenth entry will be void.

·        Please allow at least 2-3 business days for moderation before your photo appears on the website.

How are the Photos Judged?

Photos will be judged on the following criteria:

(i) originality, (ii) artistic composition, (iii) technical quality, and (iv) whether the photograph showcases the best of New York State Parks camping and outdoor activities.  

 

Who's Eligible to Enter?

·        Legal residents of the 50 United States and DC, who are at least 18 years of age and of the age of majority or older in the state of their residence at the time of entry

·        Photographs must be taken by you and you must have the rights to the photo.

Who's Ineligible to Enter?

·        Employees of the participating agencies and sponsors and their family members are not eligible to win prizes.

·        Photographs(s) created by someone other than you but submitted by you will be disqualified.

What Not to Do

·        Do not alter or manipulate photos except for cropping, red eye removal and/or adjustment of contrast and brightness. However, photographic techniques such as HDR, light-painting and long exposures are allowed.

·        Photographs with any watermarks, writing or symbols of any kind will be disqualified.

·        Don't break any laws or rules.

·        Don't do anything unsafe.

·        Don't photograph anything that is inappropriate, indecent or obscene.

What to Do

·        Enjoy the outdoors and share it with us!

·        Tell your friends!

Contact Us

Please email nyphotochallenge@gmail.com.

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Promotion Dates

  • Promotion

    Start :

    May 30, 2022 @ 02:21 am (US/Eastern)

    End :

    October 16, 2022 @ 12:00 am (US/Eastern)
  • Submissions

    Start :

    May 30, 2022 @ 02:21 am (US/Eastern)

    End :

    October 16, 2022 @ 12:00 am (US/Eastern)

Prizes

One (1) grand prize consisting of $1,000 REI gift card, one (1) 4-person tent, one (1) 2023 Empire Pass, and one (1) $250 NY camping gift card. The approximate aggregate value of the grand prize is one thousand eight hundred and thirty dollars. ($1,830).

Six (6) category prize packages (one winner selected from each category below) consisting of one (1) $250 REI gift card, one (1) 2023 Empire Pass, and one (1) $100 NY camping gift card. The approximate aggregate value of the category prize is four hundred and thirty dollars. ($430).

Six (6) categories include Camping Life, Seasonal Spectacular, Action & Adventure, Hiking, Views & Vistas, and Making Memories.

The approximate aggregate retail value of all prizes is four thousand four hundred and ten dollars ($4,410).

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