Photo Contest

Submit your photos that highlight the diversity of the NRTs and to make more Americans familiar with these great trails.

 

photo credit: Brandon Ross

Heritage Oak on the Medina River Greenway

View the 2020 winning photos

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. Deadline is December 15 of each year.

The goal is to highlight 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 see entries that cover the many types and uses of National Recreation Trails throughout America.

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View all entries in our Flickr gallery.



Award Categories

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

TRAIL USE

  • Accessibility
  • Hiking and Walking
  • Equestrian
  • Paddling and Water Trails
  • Bicycling
  • Off-Highway Vehicle riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Dogsledding

The 2017 winning photo for the Equestrian Trails category. photo by Fischer Gangemi.

The 2017 winning photo for the Equestrian Trails category. photo by Fischer Gangemi.

TRAIL MANAGEMENT

  • Trail Sharing
  • Training and Education
  • Trail Work
  • Youth and Volunteers
  • Health and Fitness

TRAIL FEATURES

  • Urban Trails and Greenways
  • Rail and Canal Trails
  • Historic Features
  • Scenery and Natural Features
  • Arts and Interpretation
  • Innovative Facilities
  • Environmental Features, Flora, and Fauna

ARTISTIC MERIT

  • The trail as photographic inspiration


View Winning Entries

Winning photos are selected not just for visual appeal but for the aspects that make up a trail: the volunteers, the ingenuity of design, and a the varieties of users. Take a look at the winners we've selected over the years and you'll see we why we work to celebrate this vital part of the National Trails System.

Browse Photos



How to Enter

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Deadline for entries is December 15 each year.

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.

Step 1: Make sure your photos qualify

Step 2: Record the follow details for each of your entries

  1. Name of the NRT where photo(s) taken
  2. State and general location of trail
  3. Caption or brief description of the subject
  4. Your name
  5. Photographer's name, if different
  6. Organization, if any
  7. Mailing address
  8. Email

Step 3: Submit your photo nomination(s) via the link below. ONE SUBMISSION FORM PER TRAIL. If you have photos to submit for more than one trail, please submit a separate submission form for each trail (10 photos per trail allowed). Email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Submit Your 2021 Photo Contest Entries


Note:

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. You retain all other rights to your photos.


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 - [email protected]