2015 Winners

The 2015 photo contest, hosted by National Park Foundation, ACTIVE Network®, and Celestron, received over 15,000 photos from amateur photographers sharing their favorite views, moments, and adventures from America’s national parks and public lands.

Grand Prize Winner

Sunset over Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Yang Lu

For his winning entry, Mr. Lu receivee $10,000, binoculars, a NPF PowerPack Portable Hand Warmer courtesy of Celestron, a two night stay at Jekyll Island Club Hotel courtesy of Historic Hotels of America and a Federal Recreational Lands Pass.


Second Prize

Second place winner, photo of big horn sheep at Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Koustubh Kulkarni

Mr. Kulkarni received $5,000, binoculars, a NPF PowerPack Portable Hand Warmer courtesy of Celestron and a Federal Recreational Lands Pass.


Third Prize

Third place photo winner, Sarah Gustafon hiking in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

Sarah Gustafon

Ms. Gustafson received $3,000, binoculars, a NPF PowerPack Portable Hand Warmer courtesy of Celestron and a Federal Recreational Lands Pass.


Fan Favorites

A buffalo roams Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Matthew Sorum

A snowy scene at Mt. Whitney

Inyo National Forest

Heather Martin

Each of the 2 Fan Favorite winners received $1,000, binoculars courtesy of Celestron, a two-night stay at either The Tudor Arms Cleveland or the Green Park Inn courtesy of Historic Hotels of America and a Federal Recreational Lands Pass.


Honorable Mentions

A kayaker cuts through a hole in a rock formation

Adventure & Outdoor Recreation: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Rebecca Wilks

Ancient ruins touched by the setting sun

Historical & Cultural: Cedar Mesa

David Regala

Fan Favorite Winning image of sunset at A-shi-sle-pah Wilderness Area

Scenic, Seasons and Landscapes: A-shi-sle-pah Wilderness Area

Steve Ancik

The night sky over Badlands National Park

Night Skies: Badlands National Park

Erik Fremstad

Beetles on a tree in Saguaro National Park

Wildlife: Saguaro National Park

Brent Wauer

Two children lay on the Virgin Islands National Park

 Every Kid in a Park: Virgin Islands National Park

Kimberly Hall

Each of the 6 Honorable Mention category winners received a complimentary two-night stay at a select hotel courtesy of Historic Hotels of America, either a pair of binoculars, a telescope or a microscope courtesy of Celestron and a Federal Recreational Lands Pass.

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