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National Park Week Photo Contest on Facebook

A man looks up from the bottom of the circular stairway in Cabrillo National Monument's Point Loma lighthouse.
Biscayne National Park volunteer Roger Boone looks up the circular stairway in Cabrillo National Monument's Point Loma Lighthouse.
Gary Bremen

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Date: April 3, 2012
Contact: Gary Bremen, 305-230-1144, x007

An online photo contest will be a highlight of this year's celebration of National Park Week at Biscayne National Park. From noon on April 21 through noon on April 24, "likers" of the park's Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/BiscayneNPS) can submit photos that match this year's National Park week theme "Picture Yourself in a National Park." All photos should show the photographer and/or family members in one of America's 397 National Parks. A gift certificate to the park's bookstore will be awarded to one photograph chosen by park staff as best-representing the spirit of the theme. Other photos may be chosen to be featured on the park's Facebook page, and photos taken in Biscayne National Park may be selected as the top photo on the park's Facebook page. The winner will be announced on the last day of National Park Week, April 29.

Photographs deemed inappropriate for any reason will be removed from the page, and judge's decisions will be final.

"America's national parks have something for everyone," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "Take a break and experience something new, enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise, and see where history happened."

Although Biscayne National Park never charges an entrance fee, those parks that do will be free from April 21- 29, yet another reason to "picture yourself in a national park." For more information on National Park week, visit www.NationalParkWeek.org. For details on Biscayne National Park, call 305-230-7275, extension 0 or visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/bisc for more information. For regular updates from the park, "like" us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BiscayneNPS and "follow" us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BiscayneNPS.

Did You Know?

The Jones family on the porch of their Porgy Key home.

Israel Lafayette Jones purchased land on Porgy Key, at the southern end of Biscayne National Park, in 1898. He, his wife Mozelle and their sons Arthur and Lancelot carved out a life for themselves by farming pineapples and key limes, eventually owning most of the land surrounding Jones Lagoon. More...