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National Park Service announces Acadia National Park’s 2020 annual pass contest

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Photo by Will Newton, Friends of Acadia

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News Release Date: December 9, 2019

Contact: Christie Anastasia, 207 288-8806

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – The National Park Service (NPS) is inviting photographers and other artists to submit digital images for use on Acadia National Park’s 2020 annual pass. The selected image will appear on thousands of annual passes purchased by visitors from all over the country. The winner will receive credit as the photographer and a 2020 Acadia Annual Pass displaying their image.

“We welcome photographers and artists of all ages to share their talent and appreciation of Acadia’s amazing landscape by participating in this contest,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “Having a new image on the annual pass each year will continue the long tradition of using art to inspire generations of visitors to Acadia.”

The NPS retains 80 percent of the fees collected from annual pass sales to invest in critical improvements that directly benefit visitors at Acadia National Park, including maintaining and enhancing visitor facilities. The annual pass revenues are also essential for funding the operation of the Island Explorer bus system, which serves Acadia and its surrounding communities. The Acadia Annual Pass costs $55 and is valid at Acadia National Park for one year from the month of purchase.

  • Images must be submitted by email to (with PHOTO CONTEST in the subject line) by 4 pm on Friday, December 20, 2019. The email must include your full name, mailing address, telephone number, and the location of the image.
  • Limit of one image submitted per individual.
  • Images must represent Acadia National Park.
  • Images may be photographs or original artwork.
  • Images must be suitable for formatting on a 4 x 2 inch plastic card (landscape orientation only).
  • Images must be submitted in high-quality digital format with a minimum 300 DPI.
  • Images should not have borders/frames, watermarks, labels, signatures, or copyright notices.

The winner will be required to sign a copyright permission form that allows the NPS to have non- exclusive rights to use the image on the annual pass and in other print or digital media at its discretion. The owner will retain copyright of the image for any other purposes. The NPS will delete the images that are not selected from its files, and all rights for their use will remain with their owners.

NPS employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter.

Last updated: December 9, 2019

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