Passport To Your National Parks® 2012 Photo Contest Announced

Winning Photos Will Appear in the 2012 Passport To Your National Parks® Stamp Set.

Fort Washington, PA, September 04, 2011 --( Each year Eastern National holds a contest for National Park Service employees and Volunteers In Parks to select ten new images for the collectible Passport To Your National Parks® stamp series. The stamps (one national and nine regional) are on one perforated sheet and fit into the official Passport books. Image submissions of national parks with special events or anniversary celebrations during 2012 are encouraged, and a brief statement about the event should be enclosed with the photograph.

National parks previously featured on Passport stamps are not eligible for the contest. However, NPS employees and VIPs from those parks can submit photographs of parks not previously featured. Submissions must be received by Eastern National in Fort Washington, PA, by October 17, 2011.

All submissions must be reproduction-quality color originals, as a 35mm slide, color print, 4” x 5” transparency, or 300 dpi tiff file. Inkjet prints and low-resolution files are not acceptable. Only National Park Service employees and Volunteers In Parks (VIPs) are eligible for the contest.

All submissions must be clearly labeled, stating:
- park name and image location
- photographer’s name
- photographer’s status as an NPS employee or a VIP
- current park assignment
- photographer’s mailing address (no post office boxes please), telephone number and e-mail

Eastern National will review all submissions and make final selections. Images will be judged on quality, interpretive merit, and appropriateness of subject matter. Lacking a suitable entry, Eastern National reserves the right to select a photograph from other sources.

By submitting their work for review, photographers agree that if their photograph is chosen, Eastern National may use the winning photograph for the Passport stamp and promotional purposes. Eastern National will not be responsible for any lost or damaged photos, slides, or transparencies. All submissions will be returned to the photographer.

Contest winners will be announced in January 2012. Eastern National will award the photographer $500 for the winning photograph in each category. If the winning image is a National Park Service slide or transparency, or was taken on government time, Eastern National will donate $500 to the photographer’s park to support that park’s interpretive program.

Send submissions to:
Eastern National
Passport Photography Contest
470 Maryland Drive, Suite 1
Fort Washington, PA 19034

Questions? Call Eastern National at (215) 283-6900 ext. 158 for more information.

Eastern National promotes the public’s understanding and support of America’s national parks and other public trust partners by providing quality educational experiences, products, and services. Proceeds from the sale of the Passport book and stamp sets benefit educational programs of the National Park Service.To order the Passport book, call toll-free 1-877-NAT-PARK (1-877-628-7275). For questions about the Passport program, call (215) 283-6900, ext. 158.

Eastern National
John F. Ryan