The U.S. Forest Service challenges you to get outdoors and take photos of your urban or community forest. You could win $200 in outdoor gear from the National Forest Foundation!

America is home to more than 100 million acres of urban and community forests. These are the forests that line our streets, shade our buildings and burst with color every fall. Did you know that these trees also clean our air and help prevent pollution and flooding? That's one of the reasons we like to call our urban trees 'the hardest working trees in America.' Take a picture of your neighborhood forest and send it to us. You'll have fun outside, and could win cool prizes for your photo!

Urban and community forests broadly include urban parks, street trees, landscaped boulevards, public gardens, river and coastal promenades, greenways, river corridors, wetlands, nature preserves, natural areas, shelter belts of trees and working trees at industrial brownfield sites. Don't forget to tell your friends and family to vote for your submission - there will be one Popular Choice prize winner.

The U.S. Forest Service is active in more than 7,000 communities across America, working to keep our urban forests healthy.

Founded by Congress in 1991, the National Forest Foundation works to conserve, restore and enhance America’s 193-million-acre National Forest System in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.

Grand Prize

Popular Choice

Runner Up

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Judges

Jan Davis

Jan Davis
U.S. Forest Service

Alice Ewen

Alice Ewen
U.S. Forest Service

Larry Chambers

Larry Chambers
U.S. Forest Service

Judging Criteria

  • Does the photo meet the minimum requirements laid out in the rules?
  • Does the photo feature one or more of the additional elements listed in the rules?

How to enter

Submit your photo through the Enter a Submission function on Challenge.gov, and then send it, with your name and contact info, to contest@fs.fed.us. Make sure you enter your full caption in the Description field. Access the  copyright permission form here and model consent release here. Scan and upload the completed forms in the Upload a File field, or email them with your contact info and photo to contest@fs.fed.us

Remember - only 2 photos may be entered per person. See the full rules for more details.