Winners of the fifth annual America’s State Parks 2021 Photo Contest were announced by the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD), and Aspira®.

The judging panel went through and compared over 10,000 entries representing five different categories, including Wildlife, Activities, Family & Friends, Camping, and Scenic Locations, & photos of Different seasons.

Criteria for judging included originality, artistic composition, technical quality, and how well the photo showcases the best of America’s State Parks’ activities.

The grand prize-winning photo was submitted by Dean Schumacher. It highlighted a colorful autumn bridge walk at Tishomingo State Park in Mississippi.

His prize includes an Apex Club annual membership along with camping and recreational gear worth $2,500. Honorable mentions per category received $500 REI gift card.

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