PA Parks and Forests Foundation Announces 2023 Photo Contest

photo contestRobert Bush - People's Choice Best in Show - Black Moshannon State Park (Image via Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation)

PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation‘s (PPFF) 2023 theme of “Reflections” is a direct outgrowth of last year’s photo contest! The word “reflections” suggested so many things that it seemed like a wonderful jumping-off point for artistic interpretation.

In the 130 years since the founding of Pennsylvania’s first state park, state parks and forests have become essential threads in the fabric of Pennsylvanian life and well-being.

Pennsylvania parks and forests provide beauty, recreation, memories, and countless ecological services. They protect Pennsylvanian natural and cultural history for current and future generations.

“Pennsylvania’s parks and forests are true assets to the commonwealth and the people,” said Marci Mowery, President of the Foundation. “Every day we hear stories from people who appreciate these places. The photo contest is one way to tell the story of their importance.”
2023’s photo contest seeks to celebrate this legacy.

PPFF is calling on photographers, both amateur and professional alike, to share their artistic views on the importance of PA’s state parks and forests by submitting to the following categories:

  • Mirror Images
  • Meditation
  • What Parks and Forests Mean To Me
  • Conversations
  • Celebrations
  • Young Photographers (ages 12 to 17)

All photos must be taken in a Pennsylvania state park or forest. The submission deadline is September 30, 2023. For full contest details, visit

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