Posted by Steve Hulford on 06.07.12
July 6th, 2012, Toronto.The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park and Badlands National Park—these are just a few of the stunning federal lands, national parks and historical sites that draw millions of visitors to the United States each and every year. Of course, the country is host to hundreds more magnificent natural monuments, but few tourists have the time to see them all—until now.
The innovative Share The Experience photo contest—a partnership between the Active Network and the National Park Foundation— aims to bring these natural wonders to the living rooms and mobile devices of people the world over. The contest invites legal residents of the U.S. to submit photos of their favourite national park, historic site or federal lands in five categories: adventure and recreation; historical and cultural; scenic, seasons and landscapes; friends, family & fun(ny) on federal lands; and wildlife. Photos must be taken on the lands or within the facilities of the National Park Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the U.S. Forest Service.
After submitting their prize-worthy shots, amateur photographers are encouraged to share their submissions with friends and family and drive voting for a chance to win the $15,000 grand prize, the $10,000 second-place prize or the $2,500 prize for the third-place finisher. The top three finalists will also receive an annual Federal Recreation Lands Pass, while those who earn an honourable mention will enjoy a free two-night stay at a selection of hotels across the U.S.
Amateur shooters take note: Photographs must be taken between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012, while contest entries will be accepted from June 28, 2012 to December 31, 2012. Winners will be announced by March 15, 2013. Photos will be judged on their originality, artistic composition, technical quality, photographic technique and how their photograph showcases the best of America's recreational opportunities.
Filemobile is powering the Share The Experience contest with its Media Factory social media suite. The platform provides cutting-edge functionality including Facebook Connect to allow for simple log-ins and sharing, geo-tagging of photos and full commenting capabilities to maximize interactivity among participants and voters.
Filemobile chief creative officer Steve Hulford predicts the contest will garner some memorable submissions. “Given the number of high-quality, unique photos that were entered in the contest last year—and given the photos that have already been submitted to the contest so far in 2012—I’m confident Share the Experience will prove an even greater success this time around.”
To enter or vote on photo submissions, visit www.sharetheexperience.org