Photograph Your Forest Contest

Updated January 20, 2021

Fall 2020 Winners Announced!

Click through each image above to see the winning photos in all their glory! Thanks to all our photographers who partcipated. We received many more great submissions!

Contest Information

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 grand winner!

Contest Dates

The current photography contest is open from March 16 - June 25, 2021. 

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. The only rule is that the photo must be taken on the Hoosier National Forest.

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)

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. 
  • Winners must pick up award in either the Tell City or Bedford office

Spring 2020 Winners

Winter 2019 Winners

Fall 2019 Winners