Photograph Your Forest Contest

Updated October 04, 2019
A close up of leaves in fall.

Photo by Forest Service Employee Alaxander Johnson.

The Hoosier National Forest is excited to announce a series of contests open to the public! Come visit the Hoosier National Forest and capture spectacular views, special moments, and hidden gems. 

There will be four contests per year, one for each season. Within each seasonal contest there will be three categories in which to enter your photos. This means there will be a total of twelve winners each year! At the end of the year there will be a final vote to determine our annual winner!  

Fall Contest Dates

The fall photography contest is open until November 25. 

Contest Rules

Each season, we will select one photo to be featured on our website and social media channels from each of the following categories: wildlife, nature focus, and recreation. 

Please include with your photo:

  • Your name

  • Date the photo was taken

  • Location of the photo

  • Category for your photo

  • Whether you would like to be contacted via email or phone if you are a category winner (along with contact information)

Please include a USDA Photo Release Form of any subjects in photos recognizably featuring people. Any photos the include persons under the age of 18 are required to have an accompanying  USDA Minor Photo Release form. 

Winning photos will be shared on our website and social media with photographer credit and used to promote awareness and appreciation of the forest. 

How to Send in Your Photos


Send photos to Contest Coordinator Alexander Johnson. File format is flexible but we ask that you send photos in higher in resolution- in the range of 3000 x 3000 for digital photos.


Send to:

Hoosier National Forest, Attention: Alexander Johnson
248 15th Street
Tell City, IN 47586.

Contest Disclaimers

  • Photographers agree to share all copyrights for pictures submitted to Photograph Your Forest contests with the Hoosier National Forest, giving the USDA Forest Service shared ownership and rights to reproduce it.
  • The photographer does retain a non-exclusive use license and may make use of their photos for personal and professional promotion. 
  • USDA Forest Service employees may submit photos but are not eligible to win any prizes offered
  • An individual can only win one time per season and a maximum of 5 times.