• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

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  • Pet Restrictions in Effect March 15 through Labor Day

    Dogs/other pets (except for service animals) are not allowed in the wilderness or on any of Fire Island's federally owned oceanfront beaches from March 15 through Labor Day to help protect threatened and endangered beach-nesting shorebirds. More »

  • Backcountry Camping Permit and Access Procedures

    Reservations for required permits must be obtained through www.recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Watch Hill or points west, and involve a 1½ to 8 mile hike. More »

  • Attention Watch Hill Ferry Passengers

    Due to channel conditions, delay or cancellation of ferry service between Patchogue and Watch Hill may occur. For updated ferry schedule information, please call 631-475-1665.

Wildlife Photo Contest

2013 Wildlife Photo Contest Winner
2013 Wildlife Photo Contest Winner
"Ruddy Turnstone" by Denise Hackert-Stoner

Enter Fire Island National Seashore's Annual Wildlife Photo Contest

Thank you for your interest in our annual wildlife photo contest. We accept contest entries from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year, and encourage you to share your work year-round on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Entries are accepted via email and must be accompanied by a completed contest entry form.

Contest Rules

Photographs must be:

  • Digital photographs with a minimum resolution of 3 megapixels and a maximum FILE size of 3.2 MB
  • Taken on Fire Island since the close of the previous year's contest
  • Relevant to Fire Island wildlife
  • Appropriate for posting on a government website
  • Submitted with contest entry form

Photographs that include the following will be disqualified:

  • Borders or frames
  • Watermarks or signatures
  • Staged, contrived, or manipulated elements
  • Elements that depict harm to wildlife of private property

Entrant Eligibility

  • Photographers of all ages and levels are welcome to enter the contest
  • In the event of an overwhelming response, age and skill categories may be implemented
  • An individual may submit only one photograph per contest each year
  • Entrants must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted
Awards and Publications

Photographs may be reproduced by the National Park Service for publications including newsletters, brochures, the park webpage, and social media platforms. Photographs may additionally be used in official park press releases.

To Enter the Contest

  • Contest entries are accepted each year from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • Please send your photograph and completed entry form via email to Elizabeth_Rogers@nps.gov.
  • Entry Form

Did You Know?

Lifeguard stand and rescue buoys are stationed on the beach.

Lifeguarded beaches are provided at Fire Island National Seashore during the summer at Watch Hill and Sailors Haven. More...