Images capture epic beauty of America's national parks

National parks are one of America’s greatest natural treasures. To celebrate their beauty, the National Park Foundation holds an annual contest for amateur photographers to submit their favorite pictures from parks across the country. Check out the 2013 winners and get inspired for your next trip. Are you a nature-loving, camera savant? Submissions for 2014 are being accepted now.


    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    Kayaking tour of the Pictured Rocks in beautiful Northern Michigan.
    Courtney Kotewa

    Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

    The Keyhole: We launched a canoe from the pack ice on Meyers Beach, and broke skim ice and dodged floating ice chunks out to the sea caves. We were well rewarded for our efforts. Amazing. This image was made from the canoe, looking through a porthole as the sun set on Mawikwe Bay.
    Michael DeWitt

    Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Hiker in Pool Canyon - reflection of a hiker in a pool, but gives the illusion of a hiker walking along the edge of a cliff.
    Darrell Staggs

    Great Sand Dunes National Park

    Hiking down from High Dune, the second tallest dune in North America, after being caught seriously off guard by a sandstorm near the summit.
    Eric Magayne

    Mesa Verde National Park

    Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in North America, in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, July 2013.
    Sarah Malerich

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    The Morning Hues.
    Manish Mamtani

    Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

    "Camouflaged" Eastern Screech Owls like to take over woodpecker nests that have been dug out over the years in pine trees, which are the main species of tree at this swamp. Fish and wildlife also paint a white ring around the base of a tree that has active nests in order to avoid when conducting controlled burns. Screech owls can range in height anywhere from 8-10 inches, so you have to have a sharp eye to find these little birds of prey.
    Graham McGeorge

    Kenai Fjords National Park

    Island in Kenai Fjords National Park with glaciers in background.
    Michael McRuiz

    Grand Canyon National Park

    Three friends enjoy sunrise over the Grand Canyon. This view was definitely worth getting up early for.
    Peter Blanchard

    Death Valley National Park

    Girl jumping over the sand dunes near Stovepipe Wells.
    Linnea Charnholm
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