NASPD announces State Parks Photo Contest

RALEIGH, N.C. – Armed with a mission to promote and advance the state park systems of America, the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD), has announced the launch of America’s State Parks 2018 photo contest.

The contest, which is open to residents of the U.S. age 18 and over, provides an opportunity to visually share experiences captured at the nation’s state parks over the last year. The contest returns for a second year after receiving more than 8,000 qualified photo submissions and 105,000 website engagements during its inaugural 2-month run in 2017.

“The outdoor recreation community has been built on the concept of sharing and America’s State Parks photo contest perfectly aligns with that,” said Lewis Ledford, executive director at National Association of State Park Directors. “NASPD looks forward to continuing to offer a forum in which the community can easily connect with each other and share the experiences our state parks have afforded them.”

With focus on highlighting real-life moments and celebrating the marvelous essence of the country’s public lands, the contest encourages amateur photographers to submit photos taken at a state park within the five categories of camping, wildlife, activities, friends and family, and scenic and seasons. Qualifying submissions will be judged on originality, artistic composition, technical quality and effectiveness of the image in showcasing the best of America’s State Parks.

Mighway, an innovative new Airbnb style RV peer-to-peer platform connecting RV owners with travelers, partnered with NASPD to inspire people to participate in the contest. The contest’s grand prize winner will be awarded a package valued at $2,000, including a seven-day RV rental from Mighway, which is now rolling out across the U.S.

“We partnered with NASPD as they share a similar vision for encouraging the public to disconnect from their mobile devices and reconnect with nature in America’s spectacular state parks. It’s the perfect audience to introduce to Mighway, since many of the amateur photographers will want to rent an RV as their home base for the contest and beyond. Mighway aims to provide more inspiration with its partner, which offers robust road trip ideas.”

Winners will also be selected from each of the contest’s five categories and will each receive a $500 REI gift card. From now until July 31, interested participants can submit their entries on the official parks photo contest website.

To ensure the delivery of modern, convenient online experiences to its contest entrants, NASPD engaged its trusted partner, Aspira, to manage the operations and promotion for the contest. Aspira, seasoned in providing technology and marketing services to park and conservation agencies across North America, will utilize its popular online camping community,, to increase awareness of America’s State Parks photo contest.

“We’re thrilled to team up with Aspira and Mighway to deliver a strong, convenient, and rewarding experience to America’s State Parks photo contest participants and winners,” continued Ledford. “Together, we look forward to receiving this year’s submissions and with it, celebrating the nation’s state parks.”

Winners of the contest will be announced in September during the National Association of State Park Directors Conference.

Complete eligibility rules are available here.

SOURCE: National Association of State Park Directors press release

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at

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