Washington, DC, July 31, 2006 – Millions of Americans will visit America's parks, forests, fishing holes and monuments this summer—most of them with camera in hand to capture their adventures on film. The National Park Foundation and Casio invite all of these summer travelers to share their experience through a nationwide photo contest. The annual contest benefits America 's federal recreational lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service. Prizes include Casio Exilim Zoom Cameras, a Ford Escape Hybrid and vacations to federal recreation areas. The Grand Prize winning image will grace the front of the 2008 Federal Recreation Lands Pass.
Amateur photographers can enter up to three photos taken at any of America 's federal recreation lands. There are two photo categories that will be judged. The first is for the front of the Federal Recreation Lands Pass and will be judged on creativity, visual appeal and ability to show the diversity and richness of America 's federal lands, among other things. The second category, Family Fun, will award photos that show families enjoying the federal recreation sites, have visual appeal and include an unexpected perspective. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges from the benefiting agencies, the National Park Foundation and Casio.
“Casio is proud to bring this contest to the American people on behalf of the special places in America they love and we acknowledge that with today's technology, you do not need to be a pro to take great pictures, said Bill Heuer, Senior Vice President of Casio's Digital Imaging Division. “The natural scenery and American historical sites provide the perfect backdrop for summer memory-making. For most people we know it won't be a question of which shots to take, but which shots to enter in the contest.”
A complete list of contest rules and official entry forms are available in all participating federal recreation lands and online at www.sharetheexperience.org . A gallery of entries will be made available online beginning August 15 th .
“Americans have been enjoying and supporting protected lands for more than a century,” said Jessica Murphey , Vice President of Development at the National Park Foundation. “Sharing the experience through the photo contest and gallery means that we can continue to chronicle the important role these places play in the present and evolving history of America .”