Eastern National Announces the 2013 Passport to Your National Parks® Photo Contest

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Eastern National just announced the 2013 Passport To Your National Parks® Photo Contest that is open to active Park Service employees and Volunteers-In-Parks. Photo of a photographer on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Blowing Rock, NC by Randy Johnson.

Here's an opportunity for National Park Service employees and Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs) to see if their best national park photos are award-winners.

Eastern National just announced the 2013 Passport To Your National Parks® Photo Contest. The contest is open to active Park Service employees and Volunteers-In-Parks. Ten winning national park photos will be featured on the 2013 Passport To Your National Parks® annual stamp series—nine by Passport geographic regions and one National Stamp.

Each winning photo will earn $500 for the photographer—or for the interpretive program of the photographer’s park if the photo was taken on government time. Eastern National urges park employees and VIPs to submit photos taken during special events or anniversaries.

Images will be judged on quality, interpretive merit, and appropriateness of the subject matter. Parks that have been previously featured on the annual Passport stamps are not eligible. (To see whether your park has been covered, go to eParks.com, then go to SHOP then "Parks Featured Alphabetically.")

Submissions must be received by August 15, 2012, and must be reproduction quality color originals in the form of a 35mm slide, color print, 4” x 5” transparency or 300dpi .TIFF file. A brief description of the photo should accompany each submission. Inkjet prints and low resolution photos will not be accepted. Submissions will be returned to the photographer. The winners of the 2013 Passport To Your National Parks® Photo Contest will be announced in December 2012.

Eastern National reserves the right to select photos from other sources, should there be a lack of appropriate submissions. By submitting photos for this contest, photographers release the rights of their photos to Eastern National for promotional purposes.

Submissions should be mailed to:
Eastern National, ATTN: Passport Photo Contest, 470 Maryland Drive, Suite 1, Fort Washington, PA 19034

Launched by Eastern National in 1986, the Passport To Your National Parks® program encourages appreciation of and visitation to America’s national parks. The program consists of a handy pocket-sized book which highlights each park in the system, and provides information for visitors. Free and dated ‘cancellations’ are available at each park, providing a means for visitors to commemorate their visits. Visitors can purchase annual stamps, which feature photos compiled through this contest for placement in their Passport books.

Eastern National is a not-for-profit cooperating association with the National Park Service and other public trust partners. It promotes the public’s understanding of America’s national parks and other public trust partners by providing quality educational experiences, products, and services. Since 1947, Eastern National has donated more than $105 million to the National Park Service in the form of direct donations and grants which support vital educational and interpretive programs in America’s national parks.