Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Alaska's National Forests Photo Contest

The Tongass and Chugach National Forests are hosting a summer-long story and poster series with a statewide, social-media-driven photo contest to highlight the beauty and diversity of these unique community assets.

Photo Contest
The contest, conducted in partnership with Alaska Geographic, features the popular smart-phone application Instagram and invites residents and visitors alike to share photos of the Forests throughout the summer. Winners will receive a copy of the “Tongass National Forest” or “Chugach National Forest” coffee table books published by Alaska Geographic, a set of the posters and a collectable pin. Check out the photos on Instagram and set up an account to vote for your favorite!

The contest and story series are designed to build on 2011's International Year of the Forest by recognizing the connection between Alaskans and their backyard forests and to find new ways to explore and recreate in them. This year, the Forests are also presenting two new collectible posters with the themes “Adventure within Range” and “Rooted in Community.” The new posters are out now and available free to anyone who wants one; stop by your local Forest Service office to pick up one or both. And if you missed it last year, we still have a few of the International Year of the Forest posters left!

Photo competition details: Photo competition will run from until 5:00pm (AKDST) on July 15. Photos posted on Instagram and Twitter must be hashtagged with “#myakforests.” Include a brief description of where the photo was taken, including which forest. If you link your photo to Twitter, be sure to mention us, @TongassNF or @ChugachForestAK.

As of 5:00pm (AKDST) on July 15, the photo from each forest with the most “likes” will win. There will be two winners, one for each forest. Winners will be notified within Instagram as a comment on their photo as well as a photo announcement. Winners will be asked to send the photo by email along with mailing address for sending awards.

Winners will receive a coffee table book about the forest they photographed, a set of the posters, and a pin from Alaska Geographic.

Read the entire news release

ERIN ULOTH, Tongass National Forest  euloth@fs.fed.us, 907-228-6201 or @TongassNF

SARA BOARIO, Chugach National Forest sboario@fs.fed.us, 907-317-0756 or @ChugachForestAK

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