December 18, 2000
Annual contest seeks National Park images
by Deborah Stone
Eastman Kodak Company, in conjunction with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, is sponsoring the National Parks Pass "Experience Your America" Photo Contest.
The annual contest, officially launched on Dec. 5, is open to amateur photographers and the winning image will be featured on the face of the National Parks Pass.
Any photo taken by an amateur photographer in one of the 383 National Parks on or after Jan. 1, 2000, is eligible. Entries must be received by March 15, 2001.
The winning image will be announced in May 2001 and will appear on the 2002 National Parks Pass.
The photographer submitting the winning image will get a trip for four to any National Park, a Kodak camera kit and a personalized National Parks Pass.
Second and third place winners receive Kodak cameras, equipment and personalized National Parks Passes, while ten honorable mentions receive KODAK ADVANTIX cameras, Kodak film and a personalized National Parks Pass.
The National Park Service sees this contest as another opportunity for Americans to get involved with its National Parks.
"Each year, millions of Americans visit National Parks, whether it be with a school class, with their family or on their own," comments Robert Stanton, Director of the National Park Service. "Every visitor has a unique experience and fond memories that they will carry with them for a lifetime. This contest gives everyone the chance to share those memories with the nation."
The National Parks Pass is an annual pass that is good for unlimited entrance into National Parks that charge an entrance fee.
More than 80 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the Pass directly benefit special projects in all National Parks, such as rebuilding trails and restoring battlefields.
The 2000 Pass featured a photo of a bison at Yellowstone and the 2001 Pass features historic Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse at Acadia National Park in Maine.
In addition to sponsoring the contest, Kodak is creating and maintaining the Kodak PhotoQuilt for the National Parks and Kodak Picture This Postcard on www.NationalParks.org, home of the National Park Foundation, to allow visitors to post and share their favorite National Park pictures.
The complete contest rules and an entry form for "Experience Your America" Photo Contest are available at the above Website or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: National Parks Pass Photo Contest Rules, Post Office Box 5220, Young America, MN 55558-5220.