11 Striking Images from America’s national parks and public lands
A close-up of a curious green tree frog peeking out from its marsh habitat in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in southern Texas is the grand prize winner of the 2016 Share the Experience photo contest. This winning picture captured by Craig McIntyre of Rockport, Texas, will be featured on the annual National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.
The annual contest invites amateur photographers to submit their favourite views, moments, and adventures from America’s national parks and public lands.
Photographing the frogs
Dabbling in wildlife photography since the early 1970s, grand prize winner Mr. McIntyre and his wife make weekly visits to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge during the summer months. “I like photographing the frogs because they’re artistic – little reptiles and amphibians are gorgeous to me. I’ve been studying them for 60 years now – patterns, designs, and their behaviour all fascinate me,” said Mr. McIntyre. “Public lands are very important to me, especially places like Big Bend National Park, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, and South Padre Island National Seashore. These places and the habitat need to be protected.”
Second place went to Gary Hamer of Robins, Iowa, for the serene shot of his friends paddling off on a morning adventure surrounded by calm water and rising fog in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, part of Superior National Forest, in northeastern Minnesota. Third place went to Christopher Regala of Mililani, Hawai’i, for the photo he snapped of his son experiencing The Narrows at Zion National Park in Utah.
More than 16,500 photos were submitted with more than 710,000 photo views over the course of the contest, which ran from April 28, 2016, through December 31, 2016.