Up for a Challenge? Make It a Summer to Wonder + Wander
Calling all park lovers – the summer is upon us and it’s the perfect time to explore all that your national parks have to offer! For more than a century, national parks have served as the backdrop for some of our favorite vacations. Trip photographs are family treasures, capturing the joys of visiting a park.
This summer, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque premier partner Union Pacific Railroad and the National Park Foundation invite you to recreate a vintage park photo as part of the Wonder + Wander Photo Challenge, highlighting the timelessness of adventures enjoyed in America’s national parks.
How to Get Started
Choose a vintage shot.
Go through old family photos to find one from the past to recreate. Not able to find any, or maybe you’re new to national park excursions? Not a problem! We’ve gathered a collection of our favorite national park photos from the past 100 years to use as inspiration.
Decide where you’re headed.
If you’re able to visit the same park as in your vintage photo, awesome! If not, consider finding a similar one. Each park is unique and there are many lesser-known parks that offer similar experiences and settings. The contest runs from May 22 through September 2, 2019, giving you time to plan and capture your photo entries.
Start planning for your trip.
Planning makes all the difference. Be sure to check park hours, entrance fees, where to stay, and other basic information you’ll need before heading out. There are plenty of resources to make sure you’re fully prepared.
Have a great time and leave no trace.
Enjoy your trip and make memories both on and off camera with your loved ones. Summertime is a pleasant time to relax and energize, and national parks are known for their health benefits. Taking selfies can be a fun activity but please keep some simple tips in mind to be safe. Regardless of where you visit, be sure to leave no trace — the only evidence of your trip should be photos and memories!
Create your Wonder + Wander photo submission.
Once you’re home, head over to the Wonder + Wander Photo Challenge page to enter the contest. Select a vintage park photo from a prepopulated gallery or upload your own and pair it with your modern-day recreation. The website will combine the “then” and “now” pictures into a stitched image that will be entered for a chance to win an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass!
Union Pacific and the National Park Foundation are selecting 10 winners between now and September 2, 2019. There will be two monthly winners in May, June and July, and four winners in September. All winners will receive a free national park annual pass, courtesy of Union Pacific. The annual pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites for one full year. It’s the ultimate tool to help you find your park.
Warm weather has arrived, and the parks are calling! Start perusing old photos for inspiration and recruit your friends and family to join you on your trip. Once you’ve made your stitched image and entered the contest, be sure to share it on social media using the hashtags #WonderWanderChallenge, #FindYourPark, and #EncuentraTuParque.
Now, the only question is: Where will you wonder and wander this summer?