The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, Active Network and optics manufacturer Celestron have announced the winners of the 2014 Share the Experience photo contest.
This annual contest encourages amateur photographers to share their experiences by submitting their favorite views, moments and adventures in America’s national parks and public lands. The winning picture will be featured on the annual Federal Recreational Lands Pass.
Active Network, a cloud–based Activity and Participant Management company, enabled the Share the Experience photo contest for the fourth year. Nearly 22,000 photos were submitted with more than 4 million photo views over the course of the contest, which ran from May 1, 2014, to December 31, 2014.
Cameron Teller of Seattle, WA was named the grand prize winner with the image he captured of a mother polar bear and her cub along the coast of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
Second place went to Eric DaBreo of Chico, CA for his photo of the Golden Gate Bridge taken from Marshall Beach at sunset during a weekend trip to Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco.
Third place went to Jordan Moore of San Marcos, TX for his photo of a lone bison in front of Yellowstone Lake flanked by snow–capped mountains at Yellowstone National Park.
The grand prize for the winning image is $10,000, followed by $5,000 and $3,000 for second and third place, in addition to outdoor gear provided by Celestron, hotel packages courtesy of Historic Hotels of America, and an annual Federal Recreational Lands Pass. There are also prizes for fan favorites and the following six category winners:
- Adventure and Outdoor Recreation
- Historical and Cultural
- Scenic, Seasons, and Landscapes
- Every Kid in a Park (formerly known as Let’s Move)
- Night Skies