‘Zoom in to the Appalachian Trail’

Article Published: May. 8 | Modified: May. 8
‘Zoom in to the Appalachian Trail’

A hiker traverses Grayson Highlands in this photo by contestant Rob Moore.

Photo by Rob Moore

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is now accepting submissions for its “Zoom in to the Appalachian Trail” photo contest, a nationwide search for the best photos featuring close-up shots of the details that make up the Appalachian Trail.

The photo contest asks participants to recognize that the AT is not only a footpath, but also home to a vast array of wildlife and vegetation, scenery, unique people and special trail communities.

Contestants will submit a photograph of a favorite feature along the trail. Photos may include people, places, scenery or more.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to see the outdoor community’s appreciation of the Appalachian Trail displayed artistically,” said Javier Folgar, the ATC’s director of marketing and communications. “We hope that each photo will bring to light the special connections people have with the trail.”

The top three photographers will each win a one-year membership to the ATC and will be featured in A.T. Journeys, the official magazine of the ATC. The grand prize winner will also win a custom ATC-themed hammock, courtesy of ENO.

Photo submissions will be accepted through Tuesday, June 3, and can be uploaded via the ATC’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ATHike. The public will then vote for their favorite photos through Sunday, July 13. Winners will be announced the week of July 14.

For a complete list of submission guidelines, rules and regulations, or to enter, visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org/2014photocontest.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the AT ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world.

The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow and for centuries to come. For more information, visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org.

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