Photograph Your Forest Contest

Contest Information

A blue heron stands in its own reflection.

Wildlife winner from 2019: Blue Herron by Gary Robbins

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 June 1, 2023 - September 3, 2023

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

Fall 2022 Winner Announced!

Thanks to all our photographers who participated. We received many more great submissions!

Recreation Winners

Nature Winners

  • Summer 2022

    Aglea nearly covers all but a clear open center of a pond on a cloudless day.

    Pat Leuthart - Peaceful Pond

  • Summer 2022

    A blue sky reflects off of a calm pond. Flowers in the foreground. Photo courtesy of Duane Bolin

    Duane Bolin - Whispering Pines at Birdseye

  • Spring 2020

    A water fall glistening amongst a cliff at Hemlock Cliffs

    Waterfall by Ryan Hahn

  • Winter 2019

    Purple and gold clouds of a sunrise reflect from Monroe Lake

    Monroe Lake - Nicole Chao

  • Fall 2019

    A road meanders through an orange and yellow canopy

    Fall in Brown County. Photographer - Gary Courtney

Wildlife Winners

  • Summer 2022

    A raccoon dips into a creek.

    Gary Robbins -  Raccoon Peek-a-boo

  • Summer 2022

    Two Otters Playing in a Stream - Photo Courtesy of Gary Robbings

    Gary Robbins - Otter Love

  • Spring 2020

    Two turkeys stand in a field of yellow flowers

    Eastern wild turkeys by Gary Robbins

  • Winter 2019

    A blue heron stands in its own reflection.

    Blue Herron - Gary Robbins

  • Fall 2019

    A barn owl is framed in a wreath of orange and yellow leaves.

    Barred Owl - Ian Terrell