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Washington - They are defined as nationally significant historic places but America's national historic landmarks are also at times unexpected and even quirky. "National historic landmarks are great photography subjects," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "Whether you are a history buff, dedicated traveler or a neighborhood explorer we're looking for your photos for the 13th Annual National Historic Landmark Photo Contest." There are nearly 2,500 national historic landmarks to photograph all across the nation. They include railway buildings, a recording studio, college stadiums, submarines, a giant antenna array and cemeteries. There is a space simulator, water pumping station, and at least one giant wooden elephant. The contest is open through Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at midnight EDT. For complete rules visit the National Park Service's 2012 NHL Photo Contest page on Flickr: www.flickr.com/groups/2012nhlphotocontest/.
Although a picture is worth a thousand words, photographers are asked to share a little insight into their experience of capturing national historic landmark images by answering a few questions. While visiting this national historic landmark I learned … or I loved … or I met … or I discovered …
We're eager to see your images and read about your experiences. National historic landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. A national historic landmark may be a historic building, site, structure, object, or district. Working with citizens throughout the nation, the National Park Service National Historic
Landmarks Program draws upon the expertise of National Park Service staff to identify and nominate new landmarks and to provide technical assistance to existing landmarks. For more information about the National Park Service National Historic Landmarks Program, visit http://www.nps.gov/history/nhl/.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 397 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.