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In celebration of the park's 75th Anniversary, Shenandoah National Park and the 75th Anniversary Planning Committee will host a temporary photography exhibit entitled Shenandoah Views at Skyland Resort from September 24 to October 6, 2011.
The views in and around Shenandoah National Park have long been the subject of both professional and amateur photographers. These breathtaking images were the focus of photography contests in six areas surrounding the park including Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Front Royal and Warren County, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Luray and Page County, and Madison and Rappahannock Counties.
Each contest consisted of three categories: "Views into the Park" which featured the park as a scenic backdrop to the surrounding countryside, "Views out of the Park" which featured the views from the many overlooks along Skyline Drive and from other points in the park, and "Views in the Park" which featured views of cultural importance or images such as waterfalls and other natural formations, wildlife and flowers in their natural habitat.
The three categories were open to all ages with special sections for Kids and Cameras in the age groups 6 to 12 and 13 to 17.
The winners from each community will be recognized at a special gallery opening of Shenandoah Views at Skyland Resort on September 24, 2011, as part of National Public Lands Day. The gallery will open to the public at 3:00 p.m.
Entrance fees to Shenandoah National Park will be waived on September 24 in celebration of National Public Lands Day.