Photo Contest – 2016 Winners

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The winners to the 2016 National Park Trips Photo Contest are in. We received 3,000 entries – lots of fantastic photos. The top three photographers were awarded Tamron lenses and will be featured in the National Park Journals hitting news stands in late fall through spring. In addition, 56 honorable mention winners received certificates and are featured on our websites.

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Grand Prize Winner

A blacktip reef shark and a great frigatebird at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Kate Noll

Kate Noll from Laureldale, PA – Awe-inspiring Natural Wonders Above and Below
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Kate captured this spectacular image of a blacktip reef shark and a great frigatebird while snorkeling in the waters off the national park. She was awarded a Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD camera lens – a super-telephoto focal length zoom lens ideal for close-up wildlife and nature photography. (Value $1,069)

Runner Up

Lightning over Toadstools at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Photo by Phill Monson

Phill Monson from Centerville, Utah – Toadstools and Lightning
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Phill was awarded a Tamron SP 16-300mm Di II VC PZD Macro camera lens – a lens that provides wide-angle-to-long-telephoto zoom versatility, making it the perfect travel lens. (Value $629)

2nd Runner Up

Moulton's Barn at Grand Teton National Park. Photo by Sandeep Gali

Sandeep Gali from Aurora, Illinois – Sunrise at T.A. Moulton’s Barn
Grand Teton National Park

Sandeep was awarded a Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD camera lens – a great choice for medium-to-long telephoto zoom ranges. (Value $449)

Honorable Mention – Landscape

Winners receive a certificate from Tamron and National Park Trips Media.

The La Sal Mountains from Arches National Park. Photo by Dale Berlin

Dale Berlin from Dublin, Ohio – The La Sals
Arches National Park

Autumn Falls at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Photo by Timothy Klasinski

Timothy Klasinski from Chatham, Illinois – Autumn Falls
Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Reflection at Acadia National Park. Photo by Randall Bertrand

Randall Bertrand from Hinesburg, Vermont – Autumn Glow at The Tarn
Acadia National Park

Sunrise at Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park. Photo by Amy Novotny

Amy Novotny from Gilbert, Arizona – Badwater’s Peaceful Mornings
Death Valley National Park

Calm reflection off the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Kent Gubler

Kent Gubler from Frederick, Maryland – Calm Before the Next Rapid
Grand Canyon National Park

Sunrise on Fisher Cap Lake in Glacier National Park. Photo by Adam Jewell

Adam Jewell from Conshohocken, Pennsylvania – Sunrise Surprise on Fisher Cap Lake
Glacier National Park

Bear Grass at Hidden Lake in Glacier National Park. Photo by Alan Anderson

Alan Anderson from Whitefish, Montana – Hidden Lake Bear Grass View
Glacier National Park

Trail of Cedars in Glacier National Park. Photo by Nick McDowell

Nick McDowell from Chicago, Illinois – Trail of the Cedars
Glacier National Park

Early morning reflection in Mount Rainier National Park. Photo by Baljinder Bathla

Baljinder Bathla from Chicago, Illinois – Early-morning Shot at Reflection Lake
Mount Rainier National Park

Wildflower explosion at Mount Rainier National Park. Photo by Judi Kubes

Judi Kubes from Graham, Washington – Wildflower Explosion
Mount Rainier National Park

Bridge at Devils Punchbowl on Crescent Lake's Spruce Railroad Trail in Olympic National Park. Photo by Gioacchino Rizzo

Gioacchino Rizzo from Vancouver, Washington – Bridge at Devils Punchbowl on Crescent Lake’s Spruce Railroad Trail
Olympic National Park

Cub Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Kevin McQuade

Kevin McQuade from Fenton, Missouri – Cub Lake Colors
Rocky Mountain National Park

Angel's Landing in Zion National Park. Photo by Shelly Mullin

Shelly Mullin from San Diego, California – Stairway to Heaven (Angels Landing)
Zion National Park

Car lights in Zion National Park. Photo by Kyle Ford

Kyle Ford from Renton, Washington – Trail of Fire
Zion National Park

Sunset at Hovenweep National Monument. Photo by Rod Garren

Rod Garren from Lone Tree, Colorado – Spring Sunset at Hovenweep
Hovenweep National Monument

Honorable Mention – Wildlife

Winners receive a certificate from Tamron and National Park Trips Media.

Alligator Life, Everglades National Park. Photo by Kevin Coellen

Kevin Coellen from La Grange, Illinois – Alligator Life
Everglades National Park

A black bear cub hanging on in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Tanya Hamner

Tanya Hamner from Sheridan, Wyoming – Hanging On (Black Bear Cub in Tree)
Yellowstone National Park

Grizzly Bouquet, off of Beartooth Highway, Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Jennifer ODell

Jennifer O’Dell from Tuscola, Texas – Grizzly Bouquet off of Beartooth Highway
Yellowstone National Park

A brown bear catching salmon in Katmai National Park and Preserve. Photo by AJ Harrison

AJ Harrison from Solon, Iowa – Grizzly Focus (Salmon Catching)
Katmai National Park and Preserve

A beaver shaking itself off in Denali National Park and Preserve. Photo by Erin Fitzpatrick-Bjorn

Erin Fitzpatrick-Bjorn from Portland, Oregon – Shake, Shake, Shake (Beaver)
Denali National Park and Preserve

Bighorn sheep in Badlands National Park. Photo by Michael Hancock

Michael Hancock from Lutz, Florida – Bighorn Sheep
Badlands National Park

Bison in Grand Teton National Park. Photo by Holly Fischer

Holly Fischer from El Dorado Hills, California – Beautiful Bison
Grand Teton National Park

Bison walking on the road in Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Javier Mateo

Javier Mateo from Glendale, California – Magnificent Bison Walking Along the Road at Sunrise in Lamar Valley
Yellowstone National Park

Bison battling in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Athena Burns

Athena Burns from Arvada, Colorado – The Battle Between Bison in Winter
Yellowstone National Park

Dusky Grouse on Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park. Photo by Angela Hoffman

Angela Hoffman from West Fargo, North Dakota – Dusky Grouse at Dusk on Signal Mountain
Grand Teton National Park

Mother elk nuzzling calf in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Robert Klusaw

Robert Klusaw from Glenn’s Ferry, Idaho – Mothers Love (Elk Nuzzling Calf)
Yellowstone National Park

Mother and daughter moose in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Tom Luhmann

Tom Luhmann from Loveland, Colorado – Mother and Daughter Moose
Rocky Mountain National Park

Moose crossing the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Emily Lester

Emily Lester from Chattanooga, Tennessee – Moose crossing the Madison River
Yellowstone National Park

Mountain goat kid jumping on rocks on Lincoln Pass in Glacier National Park. Photo by Steve Muller

Steve Muller from Kalispell, Montana – Goat Kid Sewing his Oats on Lincoln Pass
Glacier National Park

Elk sparring in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Kathee Johnson

Kathee Johnson from Grand Lake, Colorado – Two Elk Play-fighting in a High-mountain Meadow
Rocky Mountain National Park

Otter at Willow Flats in Grand Teton National Park. Photo by George Krezinski

George Krezinski from Austin, Texas – ‘Bob’ the Otter (Name Provided by My Granddaughter) at Willow Flats
Grand Teton National Park

Mother Owl Protecting Her Young in the Coconino National Forest near the Grand Canyon. Photo by Brian Predmore

Brian Predmore from Cottonwood, Arizona – Mother Owl Protecting Her Young in the Coconino National Forest
Grand Canyon National Park

Pelican in Channel Islands National Park. Photo by Bary Burns

Bary Burns from Rotonda West, Florida – Pelican on an Evening Cruise
Channel Islands National Park

Bison in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Kym Bartlett

Kym Bartlett from Madeira Beach, Florida – Bison Peeking Through the Grass
Yellowstone National Park

Grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Ron Havard

Ron Havard from Cibolo, Texas – I See You (Grizzly Closeup)
Yellowstone National Park

Elk in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee from Brentwood, Tennessee – Bull Elk
Yellowstone National Park

Honorable Mention – Night Skies

Winners receive a certificate from Tamron and National Park Trips Media.

Night skies over Badlands National Park. Photo by Jose Torres

Jose Torres from Mulberry, Florida – Could not have asked for a better night sky than this!
Badlands National Park

Milky Way over Devils Tower National Monument. Photo by Cheryl Opfer

Cheryl Opfer from Gillette, Wyoming – Milky Way and Shooting Stars Over the Tower
Devils Tower National Monument

Milky Way over Arch Rock in Joshua Tree National Park. Photo by Tony Prince

Tony Prince from San Juan Capistrano, California – Arch Rock’s Shape Nearly Matches the Rising Milky Way
Joshua Tree National Park

Star trails in Joshua Tree National Park. Photo by Kenny Chu

Kenny Chu from Temple City, California – Time Catcher (Star Trails)
Joshua Tree National Park

Starry night at Rock Arch in Joshua Tree National Park. Photo by Derek Sturman

Derek Sturman from Springville, Utah – Rock Arch and the Milky Way Galaxy
Joshua Tree National Park

Starry selfie at Mesa Verde National Park. Photo by David Yoder

David Yoder from Iowa City, Iowa – Midnight Moment
Mesa Verde National Park

Camping under the stars at Mount Rainer National Park. Photo by Vaqas Malik

Vaqas Malik from Vancouver, Washington – Comforts Away from Home
Mount Rainer National Park

Yosemite Falls under the stars. Photo by Kristopher Schoenleber

Kristopher Schoenleber from Princeton, New Jersey – From the Boards in the Meadow with Yosemite Falls and the Star-filled Night Sky as a Backdrop
Yosemite National Park

White Cascade Under the Stars, Yosemite National Park. Photo by Doug Croft

Doug Croft from San Jose, California – White Cascade Under the Stars
Yosemite National Park

Honorable Mention – People

Winners receive a certificate from Tamron and National Park Trips Media.

Hiker at False Kiva, Canyonlands National Park. Photo by Dipti Samant

Dipti Samant from Boston, Massachusetts – Hiker at False Kiva
Canyonlands National Park

Boy with flag in Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Chrissy Ray

Chrissy Ray from Phoenix, Arizona – Freedom (Boy with Flag at Sunset)
Grand Canyon National Park

Pack mule train in Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Bryan Egner

Bryan Egner from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – A Daily Routine (Pack Mule-train)
Grand Canyon National Park

Grinnell Point Sunrise with Photographer, Glacier National Park. Photo by Debbie Schwartznau

Debbie Schwartznau from Frenchtown, Montana – Grinnell Point Sunrise with Photographer
Glacier National Park

Kids at lake in Glacier National Park. Photo by Bob Oehlman

Bob Oehlman from Irvine, California – The Next Generation of National Park Lovers, Admirers, and Protectors
Glacier National Park

Kayaking at Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park. Photo by Chiayi Wei

Chiayi Wei from Wichita, Kansas – Kayaking at Colter Bay
Grand Teton National Park

Explorer at Skull Cave in Lava Beds National Monument. Photo by Casey Wieber

Casey Wieber from Templeton, California – Explorer at Skull Cave
Lava Beds National Monument

Climbing the ladder at Mesa Verde National Park. Photo by Greg Thornwall

Greg Thornwall from Boonsboro, Maryland – Climbing the Ladder
Mesa Verde National Park

Sunrise at Mt. Washington in Olympic National Park. Photo by Amelia Merrick

Amelia Merrick from Seattle, Washington – Mt. Washington at Sunrise
Olympic National Park

Hiker in Sequoia National Park. Photo by Russell Smith

Russell Smith from Los Angeles, Califonia – Hiking through the Garden of Eden
Sequoia National Park

Biking on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Robert Miller

Robert Miller from Lynchburg, Virginia – Biking on the Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway (National scenic road managed by the National Park Service)