Don’t forget your camera as you head outdoors this spring: the National Natural Landmarks Program annual photo contest is now open and accepting entries.
“We’re looking for images that capture the beauty and diversity of these natural areas” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
Winning photographs will be featured in the 2013 National Natural Landmarks calendar. Contest entries will be accepted through June 30, and each photographer can submit up to three entries. Winners will be announced in September. There are no restrictions on the date of a photograph; however, please remember that “old” slides and prints often lose their quality over time.
Each photograph must be from a different national natural landmark. Images of the 13 sites featured in the 2012 calendar will not be accepted. Those winning photos can be viewed here.
For full contest information and submission requirements for the ninth annual contest, please click here.
There are nearly 600 national natural landmarks nationwide representing an array of natural features. National natural landmarks include features on private, state, municipal, and federal lands. Program participation is voluntary and not all landmark sites are open to the public.
National natural landmarks are designated by the Secretary of the Interior following rigorous scientific study. The National Natural Landmarks Program is managed by the National Park Service and recognizes significant examples of biological and geological features and supports the cooperative conservation of these important examples of America’s natural heritage.
Further information about the National Natural Landmarks Program, including a complete list of designated sites and their accessibility is available at www.nature.nps.gov/nnl/.