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

We received more than 1,700 photo submissions featuring incredible moments, landscapes, and memories from our National Forests.

Check out this year’s winners below.

Thank you to all who participated in the contest. Be sure to follow the NFF on Instagram to see additional photos from this year's photo contest.

A special thank you to our prize sponsors: Julbo, Level Frames, & Booz Allen Hamilton, Osprey, HotShot, Endangered Species Chocolate, and the Landmark Project.

Youth Photography

First Place

Umatilla National Forest, Oregon


Photo by Spencer Harris.

Second Place

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

"Golden mist over Odell Lake on a winter morning."

Photo by Ben Gillette.

Third Place

Kootenai National Forest, Montana

"Hidden Lake"

Photo by Jia Sundell-Turner.


First Place

Coronado National Forest, Arizona

“This image is of Elephant Head Peak in the Santa Rita Mountains in Coronado National Forest. Elephant Head Peak is about 30 miles south of Tucson, AZ. The image was taken April 2nd of this year at around 3:30am.”

Photo by Mark Henn.

Second Place

Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia

“Fog rolls over the spine of the North Fork Mountain in the Monongahela National Forest..”

Photo by Brandon Adkins.

Third Place

Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Idaho

“Secret Waterfall.”

Photo by Dawn Best.


First Place

Lolo National Forest, Montana

“One more cast.”

Photo by Jordan Lefler.

Second Place

Los Padres National Forest, California

“Exploring the rocky coastline in Big Sur.”

Photo by Nate Dunlap.

Third Place

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

“Into the Mist.”

Photo by Jon Laxen.

Thank you to our 2022 Photo Contest Judges

  • Annie T. Kao, Founder, Ascent Inclusion Consulting, LLC
  • Gerry James, Together Outdoors Coalition Lead
  • Anastasia Wilde, Rocky Mountain School of Photography
  • Mary Mitsos, NFF President & CEO

Cover photo by John Sieber.


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