The National Park Service and Alaska Geographic Announce Lake Clark's "Wilderness Inspirations" Photo Contest
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in which congress created a system of lands preserved in their natural condition for you. 'Why Wilderness?' might you ask. In the words of Sir John Lubbock: "Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books." We'd like to see what Lake Clark's 2.47 million acres of designated wilderness inspires in you, be that a sense of freedom, adventure, creativity, family, peace or home.
Winners Will Receive:
The winning images will be displayed in a Wilderness exhibit at the Lake Clark Visitor Center in Port Alsworth mid May through August, and then shipped to Homer and Soldotna, AK where they will be displayed with other art pieces in the Voices of the Wilderness art show for the month of October 2014. After the show is complete, the canvas pieces will be shipped to the winners.
How to Participate
There are two ways you can participate in this photo contest. First, submit your high resolution Lake Clark Wilderness photo by April 13th, and on April 15th we will post all of the pictures to a photo album on Facebook.
Second, you will all have two weeks to vote on your favorite pictures. In additon to the People's photos submitted through this contest, you will have a chance to vote on photos taken by park staff. The two entries with the most likes will become our People's Choice grand prize winner and runner-up in each category! Everyone is invited to vote, even if you didn't enter a photo in the contest.
The Rules are Pretty Simple
Download a printable version of the contest rules to share with friends and family.
What is Wilderness?
Designated Wilderness is the highest level of conservation protection for federally managed public lands. These are places where "the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control." Millions of people visit Wilderness each year to hike, hunt, fish, ski, stargaze, float rivers, or create art. Many welcome Wilderness not only for the self-reliant, challenging recreational experiences it provides, but as a haven, a refuge from fast-paced, developed society - a place to reconnect with oneself, with one's culture, and with the land itself. We drink water that flows from Wilderness areas and breathe air that is replenished by the filtering action of plants and forests found there. Fish and wildlife abound where natural processes give rise to the rich biodiversity so critical to the health of the global environment.
For more information about Wilderness areas managed by the National Park Service, please visit: http://wilderness.nps.gov
To learn more about the Wilderness Act and the National Wilderness Preservation system, including wilderness areas managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management, please visit www.wilderness.net. It is the official website providing general information about wilderness history, law, and specific information about each of the nation's 757 wilderness areas.
There are many ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Find another event, hike, or contest near you at www.wilderness50th.org.
Did You Know?
Berries are an important traditional food for the Dena'ina Athabascan people of the Lake Clark region. Seven different kinds of berries are available in the summer and fall, including blueberries, cranberries, and salmonberries.