2017 Photo Contest

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Welcome to the 2nd Annual Tahoe National Forest Photo Contest!

The Tahoe National Forest's 2017 Photo Contest kicks off June 21--the first day of summer. This year, the Tahoe National Forest has partnered with YubaNet, a Nevada County-based online news outlet delivering news to the Sierra. 



The 2017 Tahoe National Forest Photo Contest. We're looking for your best photographs of the Tahoe National Forest! Possible subjects:  wilderness; wildlife and plants; recreation; rivers and lakes; fire lookouts; landscapes; or whatever moves you! The prize for first place is two nights in the restored, historic U.S. Forest Service Sardine Fire Lookout. Second and third place winners will be treated to a guided tour on the Rock Creek Nature Trail in the spring.


Photographs can be submitted starting June 21--the first day of summer--and continuing through September 30, 2017. Winners will be announced in October 2017.


Anyone can enter (except for current Tahoe National Forest employees)


Photos must be taken on the Tahoe National Forest


How to Submit a Photo:

  1. Submit photos by email to: tahoe_nf_comments@fs.fed.us with “Tahoe National Forest 2017 Photo Contest” in the subject line.
  2. Submit photos in JPEG format. Image quality must be high resolution (at least 300 dpi) with one side at least 3000 pixels.
  3. Provide a title and location of the photo.
  4. Only submit photos you yourself have taken.
  5. Photos must be received by September 30, 2017.

What Not to Do:

  1. Heavily alter or manipulate photos. Limited modifications are allowed with the intent and effect of producing a more natural looking and accurate photograph. Photo techniques such as HDR or long exposures are accepted.
  2. Break any laws or rules of federal lands.
  3. Anything unsafe.
  4. Photograph anything that is inappropriate, indecent or obscene.
  5. Add watermarks or logos.

What to Do:

  1. Enjoy the Tahoe National Forest!
  2. Submit your best photos.
  3. Tell your friends!

Please read the complete contest rules for information on how to enter and rules/restrictions (link to contest rules below).

Read the full contest rules here!

Click here to print a Contest Flyer!



2016 Tahoe National Forest Photo Contest Winners:

1st Place

"Sunset over the Little Truckee River" by Matthew Rhodes, Little Truckee River

Matthew Rhodes first place pink sky and reflection

2nd Place

"High Mountain Meadow" by Monica Haulman, Sardine Meadows

Monica Haulman, Sardine Meadows, 2nd Place

3rd Place

"Weathered Beauty" by Kian Berreman, Grouse Ridge

3rd Place, Kian Berreman, Weathered Beauty, Milky Way