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2017 National Recreation Trails photo contest


See the entries in the 2017 NRT Photo Contest:

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arrow See the winners of the 2017 NRT Photo Contest

American Trails sponsors the annual contest for photographs of designated National Recreation Trails across the country. Our annual contest provides awards in several categories and shows off entries (and previous winners) on the NRT website.

The goal is to recognize the diversity of the NRTs and to make more Americans familiar with these great trails. We're looking for good photos of trail users as well as special facilities, art on the trails, management issues, construction, and volunteers. We also want to highlight the many types and uses of National Recreation Trails throughout America.

arrow Enter the 2018 NRT Photo Contest

AWARD CATEGORIES: We will give awards in the following categories. Photos will be considered for all relevant categories.


photo of pipes and machines

Industrial Relics along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, OH
photo copyright © 2017 by Mary Shaw





ELIGIBILITY: Photos of any designated National Recreation Trail are eligible

Check the online searchable database for a list of NRTs in your state and provide more information on individual trails. If you're not sure if a trail is an NRT, or if you have questions about the contest, call American Trails at (530) 605-4395 or Entries will be displayed on the NRT website.


HOW TO ENTER the NRT photography contest


1. You can email photos as attachments to if under 10 mb per email

2. Upload via an online site such as the following resources:

 These are free resources so long as you send one file at a time under 100 mb in size (HighTail has a limit up to 250mb).



By entering the contest you are giving us permission to use the photos for publicity and promotion of National Recreation Trails. This includes use on the websites of the NRT Program, American Trails, and cooperating agencies and organizations, as well as their non-commercial publications and conference presentations. You retain all other rights to your photos and we will contact you if we receive an inquiry about any use by others.

If you're not sure if a trail is an NRT, or if you have questions about the contest, please contact us. Presented by American Trails, P. O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797 - phone (530) 605-4395 -


trail noteEach year nominations for designation of new National Recreation Trails may be submitted. Details of the program may be found on the NRT website hosted by American Trails: ( The National Recreation Trail Program recognizes trails that provide opportunities for all Americans to enjoy the out-of-doors and improve the quality of life of our communities.



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