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National Forest Week™ Photo Contest

Photo by Bruce and Rebecca Meissner

June 17 - July 14, 2024

Celebrate National Forest Week™ by sharing your AWEsome photos and videos!

This year, the National Forest Week™ Photo Contest has several NEW photo categories as well as a new VIDEO category! PLEASE READ all contest details & requirements BEFORE entering the contest. The contest closes on July 14.

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Every July, the National Forest Foundation celebrates all the ways National Forests and Grasslands care for and inspire us during National Forest Week™. Join the growing movement of passionate voices celebrating and giving back to these special places July 8-14, 2024. Click here to learn more.


The National Forest Week™ Photo Contest has five photo categories and one video category. Categories are judged based on their theme and the general judging criteria below. Each photo or video can only be submitted to one category, but you may submit as many photos or videos as you would like.


Photo Category

Submit photos of National Forests that do not feature people


Photo Category

Submit photos of people or their recreation equipment on National Forests

Flora & Fauna

NEW! Photo Category

Submit photos that feature plants and wildlife on National Forests


NEW! Photo Category

Submit photos of the Chugach or Tongass National Forests in Alaska

Just for Fun

NEW! Photo Category

Submit selfies, smartphone photos, and pics you snapped just for fun!


NEW! Video Category

Submit videos that use a trend to show how you find your AWEsome on National Forests


This year, there are even more chances to win! The winner of each category and one grand prize winner will win incredible outdoor prizes, including outdoor gear, adventure tours, and a trip to Washington D.C. to attend the Capitol Christmas tree lighting!

The winners for each category and the grand prize winner will be announced in August. Good luck!

Grand Prize

The grand prize winner will win an AWEsome setup of sustainable outdoor heating products from Ignik! From sustainable campfire to battery powdered heat, your next cold weather adventure has never been so cozy.

  • Firecan Elite Fire Pit
  • Moon Rocks
  • Refillable Lighter
  • Gas Growler X Deluxe
  • Goal Zero Yeti 1000X Battery
  • 12V Vehicle Adapter
  • Flipside Heated Bed Cover
  • Two Backside Heated Pad XLs
  • Two Topside Heated Blanket
  • $500 Ignik Digital Gift Card

Category Prizes

Flora & Fauna
  • $250 Filson Digital Gift Card
  • $100 Ignik Digital Gift Card

Two round trip tickets to Washington D.C. on Alaska Airlines to attend the Capitol Christmas tree lighting. The “People’s Tree” is always selected from a National Forest and this year it will be arriving from Alaska!

    Just For Fun
    • $250 Southwest Airlines Voucher
    • $100 Ignik Digital Gift Card
    • Maison Louis Marie Best Sellers Bundle

    Keep Your National Forest Adventure Going

    You don't have to be the grand prize winner to still win big! Thanks to our friends at AllTrails, the first 2,000 entrants of the National Forest Week™ Photo Contest will receive 40% off an annual AllTrails+ subscription.

    Judging Criteria

    Submissions will be judged on their composition, naturalism, creativity, and connection to personal experience.

    • Composition – Judges will look for compositions that skillfully use line, shape, form, texture, pattern, color and space
    • Naturalism – Photos and videos showcase the natural beauty of the subject in its natural environment
    • Creativity – Photos and videos provide a unique perspective on subject matter and show innovation and thoughtfulness from the photographer
    • Connection to personal experience – Photos and videos provide insight into how the photographer or their friends, family, or community experiences National Forests

    Photo Requirements:

    • Photos must be taken in a National Forest or Grassland
    • Photos should be at least 1 MB and under 10 MB
    • We prefer photos without watermarks

    Video Requirements:

    • Videos must be taken in a National Forest or Grassland
    • Videos must be 1 minute or less and under 25 MB
    • We prefer videos without watermarks

    What is a Trending Video?

    For the first time ever we are opening the National Forest Week™ Photo Contest to video entries in our new Trending category! This category is for short form videos (one minute or less) that utilize a trend on social media to show how you find your AWEsome on National Forests. The trend could be popular audio, a popular video format, or other references to pop culture (preferably within the last six months). Be creative and have fun!

    Don't know where to start? Check out examples of Trending videos below and use these questions to guide you:

    • How does nature inspire you?
    • Where are the places you go that fill you with wonder?
    • How do you feel when you’re in awe of the world around you? Who are the people you’re with?
    • What does finding your AWEsome mean to you?
    @nationalforests CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE Come along with us on a kayak fishing adventure on Manitou Lake in the Pike-San Isabel National Forest for #NationalFishingAndBoatingWeek Take in scenic views of Pikes Peak, flying pelicans, and maybe even catch a fish! Ready? Let's go! #colorado #troutfishing #kayakfishing #nationalforests #wildlife #fypage #denver #coloradosprings #hiketok #fishtok #nature #fishingtips ♬ original sound - National Forest Foundation
    @nationalforests Why do ghosts avoid the rain? It dampens their spirits. Umpqua National Forest and caption by @boomerangbrit #NationalForest #SpookySeason #fyp #trending #ghosts ♬ original sound - National Forest Foundation

    Photo by Carlos Gonzales

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