National Parks photo contest winners announced

by Liam McCabe

posted Friday, May 2, 2014 at 2:33 PM EST

Photo: Darrell Staggs, 3rd place

Just in time for camping season, the National Park Foundation has announced the winners of its Share the Experience photo contest.

The Share the Experience photo contest is an annual photography competition encouraging all nature lovers and amateur shutterbugs to capture their favorite views, moments and adventures in the national parks and public lands.

This year’s grand-prize winner is Courtney Kotewa for her shots of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. 2nd prize goes to Michael DeWitt for his shot of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and in 3rd place is Darrell Staggs for a shot of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Prizes include cash, gear, and passes to the national parks.

Photo: Courtney Kotewa, grand prize

What do these prizes tell us about next year’s contest? Take waterfront pictures for your best chance at a prize. Check out the National Park Foundation website for more honorable mentions and runners up, and don’t forget your cameras as you’re packing your tents this summer, because submissions are open for next year's competition.