In July, thousands of Americans celebrated National Forest Week™ with us. As part of our celebrations, we held our third annual National Forest Week™ Photo Contest.

We received more than 2,600 photo submissions featuring incredible moments, landscapes, and memories from our National Forests.

Check out this year’s winners below in our three new categories.

Thank you to all who participated in the contest and submit your photo to be featured on the NFF’s Instagram page here.

A special thank you to our prize sponsors: Yeti, Level Frames,, Solo Stove, Bass Pro Shops/Cabelas, and Goodr.

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First Place

Umatilla National Forest, Oregon

“Twin Pines of Umatilla”

Photo by Spencer Harris.

Second Place

Plumas National Forest, California

"Sunset at Rock Lake"

Photo by Nola George

Third Place

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington

"Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing"

Photo by Autumn Paige

Honorable Mentions

Manti-La Sal National Forest, Utah

"The sunset with the smoke was gorgeous and the rocks gave off a simple vibe to me"

Photo by Marcus Montes

Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon

“This is at Trillium Lake. The west side of the loop was closed at that point. But the view available to us is already fantastic"

Photo by Caroline Huang

Desoto National Forest, Mississippi

“Lost & forgotten”

Photo by Leah Conard


First Place

Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

“Lone Eagle Peak.”

Photo by Devin Codina

Second Place

Sequoia National Forest, California

“Such a peaceful morning walking among these giant Sequoias, seeing rays of sunshine cascading through the trees.”

Photo by Nina Ritchie

Third Place

Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia

“Dolly Sods Blueberry Bush Leaves Show Off Their Bright Red Autumn Colors in the Rising Sun.”

Photo by Clay McCreary

Honorable Mentions

Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho

“An evening thunderstorm rolls over jagged peaks within the Sawtooth National Forest in Central Idaho.”

Photo by Alec Underwood

Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

“Mount Baker Sunset.”

Photo by Becca Straus

Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming

“As we were driving through a summertime thunderstorm to reach this incredible spot in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the sun started to peak through the clouds and created this spectacular rainbow.”

Photo by Nina Ritchie


First Place

Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

“Standing on the edge of the world.”

Photo by Mallory Fountain

Second Place

Huron-Manistee National Forest, Michigan

“Driving in a Winter Wonderland.”

Photo by Colton Evens

Third Place

Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee

“Paddling into the sunrise after a night in Cherokee National Forest.”

Photo by Dixie Gaultney

Honorable Mentions

White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

“Taking It All In On Tuckerman Ravine.”

Photo by Zach Levy

Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas

“Camp Among the Stars.”

Photo by Kyle Johnson

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

“Growing like a...tree while camping out west.”

Photo by Dixie Gaultney

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