American Trails sponsors an annual contest for photographs of National Recreation Trails across the country. Our annual contest provides awards in several categories and shows off entries (and previous winners) on the NRT website. The goal is to highlight the diversity of the NRTs and to make more Americans familiar with these great trails. We’re looking for good photos of trail users as well as special facilities, art on the trails, management issues, construction, and volunteers. We also want to see entries that cover the many types and uses of National Recreation Trails throughout America.
ALABAMA HAD MANY, MANY EXCELLENT ENTRIES LAST YEAR, SEVERAL OF WHICH WON AWARDS!
DEADLINE for entries is December 15, 2012.
ELIGIBILITY: Photos of any designated National Recreation Trail are eligible. For a list of National Recreation Trails in Alabama, go to: http://www.americantrails.org/NRTDatabase/trailList.php?usrTrailName=&usrTrailState=AL&usrTrailCounty=&usrTrailUse=
If you’re not sure if a trail is an NRT, or if you have questions about the contest, call American Trails at (530) 547-2060 or NRT@AmericanTrails.org. Entries will be displayed on the NRT website.
AWARD CATEGORIES: We will give awards in the following categories, which are grouped under the three general areas of Trail Use, Trail Management, and Trail Features.
TIP: TRY TO INCLUDE ENTRIES THAT HAVE PEOPLE IN ACTION, OR “TELL A STORY” SUCH AS THE PICTURE ABOVE. IN THE ABOVE PICTURE, SHARING THE USE OF THE RICHARD MARTIN TRAIL IS BEING DEPICTED. OHV PICTURES ARE NEEDED, TOO.
TRAIL MANAGEMENT TRAIL FEATURES ARTISTIC MERIT
Hiking and Walking
Paddling and Water Trails
Off-Highway Vehicle riding
Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Dogsledding
Training and Education
Youth and Volunteers
Health and Fitness
Urban Trails and Greenways
Rail and Canal Trails
Scenery and Natural Features
Arts and Interpretation
Environmental Features, Flora, and Fauna
The trail as photographic inspiration
HOW TO ENTER the 2012 NRT photography contest
DEADLINE: December 15, 2012
DIGITAL: Photos must be in JPEG or TIFF format. Submit via our website at: http://atfiles.org/ftp/web/ATUpload.html. Digital images may be emailed if attachments are under 10 megabytes. Otherwise please send a CD.
FILM: Sorry, we can’t accept prints or negatives, but you can have a local photo shop scan them to make digital photos.
Submit up to TEN photos per trail.
Separate entry forms are required for each different trail if you are entering photos of more than one NRT.
Identify each photo with a number, file name, or other clear and concise identifier.
Attach a list of your entries with description or caption, location, and photographer’s name with contact information for each photo. You may include maps, brochures, news articles, or other information.
Make sure your photos are on designated National Recreation Trails
Keep copies of your photos; we are not able to return cds or other media.
Send your entries by email to NRT@AmericanTrails.org or by postal mail to American Trails, P. O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797.
Include the following information along with your photos, either electronically or by mail:
- Name of the NRT where photo(s) taken
- State and general location of trail
- Your name
- Photographer’s name, if different
- Website address