State publicizes 2022 out of doors picture contest | Information


ALBANY – The State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced the launch of the 2022 Outdoor Photo Contest to highlight the best of New York’s natural beauty and special destinations among New York’s state campgrounds and parklands.

The online competition will run for four months – until mid-October – and the winning images will be featured in nationwide digital and print campaigns.

“With the challenges of the past two years, New York’s parks have attracted more visitors than ever to spend time with friends and family in the great outdoors,” said State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid. “We encourage people who have captured their special moments and memories in our scenic nature to submit their favorite pictures, and we are reminding visitors planning new day trips and overnight stays at our parks and campgrounds this season to share these fun adventures as well .”

The online competition will be held through October 15 in partnership with, operated by Aspira, the state’s camping reservation system. A grand prize winner will be selected along with six winners from each category.

The six submission categories are:

• Camping life

• Seasonal spectacle

• Action & Adventure

• Hike

• Views & Views

• Create memories

Prize packages include a $1,000 REI Gift Card grand prize, a 4-person tent, a 2023 Empire Pass and a $250 NY Camping Gift Card.

The six winners in each category will each receive a $250 REI Gift Card, a 2023 Empire Pass and a $100 NY Camping Gift Card.

The winning images will be featured in the 2023 New York State Camping Guide and will be used alongside other submissions in nationwide promotions across social media, websites and print publications, and will be highlighted through seasonal marketing campaigns.

All entries must be photographs taken in New York State parks in the two years between June 15, 2020 and October 15, 2022. Contest entries will be accepted until October 15th at 11:59pm ET.

Winners will be announced by December 31, 2022. The photos will be judged according to the following criteria: originality; artistic composition; technical quality; and whether the photo captures the best camping and outdoor activities in New York State Parks.

The competition winning photos will also be featured in an online gallery with information on each image and photographer. Submissions and all additional information regarding contest rules, eligibility and prizes are available on the NY Photo Challenge website at

The previous contest in 2018 received more than 5,200 photos and nearly 18,000 votes, capturing images of the state’s parks, forests, trails, campgrounds, nature centers and other popular travel destinations.