New Annual Pass for Olympic National Park to Feature Prize-Winning Photo

three images, from left: mountains at sunset, green forest with spots of fall color, a hiker on a ridge line surrounded by fog

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News Release Date: February 3, 2016

Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005

When Olympic National Park's new Annual Pass is released this June, it will feature a stunning image of the Queets Basin, taken by Jake Morrison of Quinault, Washington.

"We are very proud to announce the top three winners in this year's Olympic National Park –Discover Your Northwest photo contest," announced Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. "Nearly 200 photos were submitted to the contest by many fine photographers, all of which made the selection process very difficult."

The 2015 photo contest was sponsored by park partner Discover Your Northwest and was announced and publicized on the park's social media channels. Photographers were invited to enter up to three images for consideration as the park's new Annual Pass.Images were submitted to the park's Facebook page and can be viewed there in a Photo Album titled 'Photo Contest Entries, November 2015'.

Second place was awarded to Linda Morrell Verrier of Portland, Maine for her photograph of the Hoh Rain Forest in autumn.Third place goes to an image of a lone wilderness hiker on Lillian Ridge, taken by Erin Halloway of Tannersville, Pennsylvania.

"The photo contest has been a great way to celebrate a new year at Olympic and kick off the National Park Service Centennial," said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. "The photos illustrate both the park's diversity and the diversity of people who have found their park at Olympic."

The new Olympic National Park Annual Pass will go on sale on June 1, 2016 and will cost $50, an increase of $10 from the current annual pass. All annual passes, no matter when they are purchased, are good for one year from the date of purchase. Seven-day entrance fees will also increase on June 1, with a seven-day passes for vehicles, motorcycles and individual persons going to $25, $15 and $10, respectively. These and other Olympic National Park fee increases were announced last May and are outlined at the park's website

For more information about visiting Olympic National Park, people may visit the park's website at

Last updated: February 3, 2016

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