The best of #ForestinFocus photo challenge

Office of Communication
U.S. Forest Service
November 9th, 2016 at 9:00AM

We want to thank everyone who participated in our #ForestInFocus photo challenge. Because of your enthusiastic response and amazing submissions we can share the wonders of our National forests and grasslands from your point of view. 

From breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, to awe-inspiring scenery, wildlife and wildflowers, we received hundreds of dazzling images. Their artistry and magnificence made the selection process tough but enjoyable.  We feel lucky to have been a part of your forest experiences and we hope that you continue to enjoy everything that your beautiful lands have to offer.

Here are the overall winners of the photo challenge as well as some honorable mentions:




"Nope Rope"

Location: Hoosier National Forest, Indiana

"Face time with a beautiful bull moose tonight..."

Location: Superior National Forest, Minnesota


"Native lily in the Ashland Municipal Watershed, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest."

Location: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, California

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Location: Ochoco National Forest, Oregon


"One of the main reasons I love living in California is because you can go hiking in Yosemite on a random Monday because it's THERE. "

Location: Yosemite, California

"Loving the mountain light - Maroon Bells part 2 of 3."

Location: Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado



"Nature hikes and getting outdoors is where it's at! This was a fun hike in the PNW. Up near Mt. Hood."

Location: Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon

"I hope you all find your little slice of heaven this weekend like I found working this week."

Location: Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee


"Having a forester as a husband, we often take our little one on adventures. It's important to us."

Location: Uinta-wasatch-cache National Forest, Utah

"Would you join us for a bit of cold weather camping at a glacier lake? While it can be a challenge, it's worth the bit of prep work as it's pretty rewarding."

Location: Chugach National Forest, Alaska

Honorable Mention

"Ride into the #sunset."

Location: Chugach National Forest, Alaska




"Tux the PNW adventure dog near Hyak Tower in the Gold Creek area."

Location: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

"Back when the Forest Service had funding for a river ranger. We kept an eye on commercial usage and performed river rescues when needed. I miss the days of working in #recreation being paid to recreate. Photo is on the New River at Hand of God."

Location: Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California


"Today's Fall colors with a dusting of snow, Huckleberry Mountain and Joe Lake."

Location: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington

"#fall in #sedona #arizona yes still lots of green"

Location: Kaibab National Forest, Arizona


"2nd tallest waterfalls in the U.S.! Got there just before sunset!" 

Location: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

"Falls at Graveyard Feilds Pisga hnational forest"

Location: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina


"Boys will be Boys. Bull elk spar with their hooves instead of their antlers while in velvet."

Location: Fishlake National Forest, Utah

"A long tailed weasel was interested in an apple I was eating while I stopped for a break."

Location: Fishlake National Forest, Utah


"Beautiful cactus flower at Pawnee Grassland."

Location: Pawnee National Grassland, Colorado

"Rose hips covered in a fall snowstorm."

Location: Flathead National Forest, Montana