Any plans to get outside this weekend? Perhaps considering taking advantage of National Parks Week or finding your own secluded spot along a backcountry trail? Well don’t forget to charge up your batteries and pack your camera bag, as both National Geographic Traveler and REI are both sponsoring contests that should appeal to the outdoor enthusiast in us all.
The Great Outdoors Photo Contest presented by National Geographic Traveler and Photo District News, offers both a professional and an amateur division, and is broken down into 5 categories (Parks and Safaris; Plants, Animals, Insects, and Gardens; Beaches, Islands, and Underwater; Scenes of the Natural World; Outdoor Sports and Activities). There will be winners in each category, as well as grand prize winners in both the professional and amateur division which will include 7-night stays for two in world-class spas.
Entry fees for The Great Outdoors Photo Contest are $35 for professionals and $10 for amateurs, though submissions accepted after April 26 through May 10 will be subject to an additional $10 extended deadline fee.
REI is sponsoring three different outdoor photo contests, all of which are free and open to all skill levels. The winners will be decided by the REI community in the You & Your REI Membership Card, Summer Memories, and Playing in the Rain contests, the tops in each will receive a $100 REI Gift Certificate. There is a limit of one contest entry per day through May 21.
Public voting is open at REI.com through May 31, and winners will be announced on June 4.