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Armed with a mission to promote and advance the state park systems of America, the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) announced the launch of America’s State Parks 2018 photo contest.

The contest, which is open to residents of the U.S. age 18 and over, provides an opportunity to visually share experiences captured at the nation’s state parks over the last year, according to a press release. The contest returns for a second year after receiving more than 8,000 qualified photo submissions and 105,000 website engagements during its inaugural 2-month run in 2017.

“The outdoor recreation community has been built on the concept of sharing and America’s State Parks photo contest perfectly aligns with that,” said Lewis Ledford, executive director of NASPD. “NASPD looks forward to continuing to offer a forum in which the community can easily connect with each other and share the experiences our state parks have afforded them.”

With focus on highlighting real-life moments and celebrating the marvelous essence of the country’s public lands, the contest encourages amateur photographers to submit photos taken at a state park within the five categories of camping, wildlife, activities, friends and family, and scenic and seasons. Qualifying submissions will be judged on originality, artistic composition, technical quality, and effectiveness of the image in showcasing the best of America’s State Parks.

The contest’s grand prize winner will be awarded a package valued at $2,000, including a seven-day RV rental from Mighway.. Winners will also be selected from each of the contest’s five categories and will each receive a $500 REI gift card. From now until July 31 interested participants can submit their entries on the official parks photo contest website

Winners of the contest will be announced in September during the National Association of State Park Directors Conference.