Historic Photos "Then & Now" Centennial Project

"...for the enjoyment of future generations."~from the Organic Act which created the National Park Service in 1916

Note: All photos have been assigned and we are no longer taking applications for participation.

Join us as we take both a look back and a look into the future in celebration of the NPS Centennial. Shenandoah National Park has a rich archives of thousands of photos documenting and chronicling its history and the many changes the land and organization have been through.

To be sure that this documentation reaches the next generation, we invite you to be part of our future! Shenandoah National Park is recruiting volunteer photographers to help with this project. Each photographer will choose an historic photo from the gallery below and produce a 2016 image of that same place or feature as closely as possible to the historic one.

This project will produce a collection of "Then & Now" photos. Our partner, the Shenandoah National Park Association plans to create a special publication using some or all of the photos.


Please read on for rules and application information:

Participants will be signed up as volunteers which will give them fee-free access to the Park during the project.

All travel and equipment will be the responsibility of the participant.

Participants must follow all Park regulations and take care to protect the resources including:
  • No cutting, digging, or other damage to vegetation to stabilize self or equipment, or to obtain a better view of the targeted scene.
  • No mechanized equipment such as drones or bucket trucks, etc.
  • No permanent or temporary structure installation.
  • No digging or moving rocks to stabilize self or equipment.
  • All regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations and the Park Compendium apply.
Submitted photos will be the sole property of Shenandoah National Park, and as such, will be in the public domain. Photographer credits will be given when possible.

Submitted photos must be a minimum of 3000 x 2400 px (10" x 8") at 300 dpi.

Photos must be submitted by December 31, 2016.
How to apply
Contact Claire Comer at claire_comer@nps.gov (preferred). If you do not have access to email, you may call 540-999-3500, ext. 3183.


Last updated: May 23, 2016

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