2020 Winners

The 2020 Share the Experience photo contest was hosted by the National Park Foundation and co-sponsor Booz Allen Hamilton, in partnership with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and Recreation.gov. The contest received over 13,000 photos from amateur photographers sharing their favorite views, moments, and adventures from America’s national parks and public lands. Winners receive cash prizes along with outdoor gear provided by Celestron and Hydro Flask, hotel packages courtesy of Historic Hotels of America®, and an annual National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.

Grand Prize Winner

Starry skies in San Juan National Forest

San Juan National Forest

Mark Gruenhaupt

For his winning entry, Mr. Gruenhaupt receives $10,000, a 24 L Soft Cooler Tote and 21oz Bottle courtesy of Hydro Flask, a two-night stay at La Valencia Hotel courtesy of Historic Hotels of America, and a Federal Recreational Lands Pass. The winning picture will also be featured on the annual National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.


Second Prize

A hiker stands overlooking a lake shore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore 

Rudi Jensen

Mr. Jensen will receive $5,000, a 24 L Soft Cooler Tote and 21oz Bottle courtesy of Hydro Flask, a two-night stay at the West Baden Springs Hotel courtesy of Historic Hotels of America, and a Federal Recreational Lands Pass.


Third Prize

A pontoon boat on the shore of a lake at sunset

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests 

Kathy Ritter

Mrs. Ritter will receive $3,000, a 24 L Soft Cooler Tote and 21oz Bottle courtesy of Hydro Flask, a two-night stay at Jekyll Island Club Resort courtesy of Historic Hotels of America, and a Federal Recreational Lands Pass.


Fan Favorites

Starry skies over a lake in Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Rebecca King
Two young people walk through the forest at Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Tommy Korn

Each of the 2 Fan Favorite winners will receive a 21oz Bottle courtesy of Hydro Flask, a two-night stay at either Omni Parker House or French Lick Springs Hotel courtesy of Historic Hotels of America, and a Federal Recreational Lands Pass.


Honorable Mentions

A tent with a light on a mountaintop above the clouds

Adventure & Outdoor Recreation: Mount Rainier National Park 

Matt Robertson
A old wagon on a battlefield at dusk

Historical & Cultural: Stones River National Battlefield 

Jennifer Rasmussen
Waves splashing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge

Urban Playgrounds: Golden Gate National Recreation Area 

David Caldwell
Night sky behind a natural bridge rock formation

Scenic, Seasons & Landscapes: Natural Bridges National Monument 

John Vermette

A young person sand boarding on a dune

Family, Friends & Fun: Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve 

Madi Lynch

A grizzly bear mother plays with her three cubs

Wildlife: Katmai National Park and Preserve 

Tom Fenske

Each of the 6 Honorable Mention category winners will receive a complimentary two-night stay at a select hotel courtesy of Historic Hotels of America, a 21oz Bottle courtesy of Hydro Flask, and a Federal Recreational Lands Pass. Celestron product(s) will also be awarded to category winners of Scenic, Seasons & Landscapes, Family, Friends & Fun, and Wildlife.

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