Alaska enjoys the largest park system in the nation. Along with acreage, one could argue the state also boasts the best scenery: Miles of massive peaks, pristine rivers meandering through rolling forests.
So it seems fitting that to celebrate the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation's 40th Anniversary, there be a photo contest to highlight the best scenery in the state.
Claire Holland LeClair, a natural resource specialist with the state, said the anniversary is a big milestone for the state and that this contest is part of an effort to share the scenery of the state parks with the public.
"We want to see more images of our state parks in public," she said. "You should be able to walk into the state legislative building and see these great images of our protected places."
Organizers are looking for "high quality images taken of or within any state park" and "during any season and from any year." Photos can include people, animals, fish and birds, or can be purely scenic. They can also be historic, aerial or taken from underwater.
The culmination of the contest will result in the selection of six photos that will be used to create full color commemorative posters to be distributed all over the state at various events celebrating the anniversary.
The contest is open to all, and individuals may submit up to six photos and the deadline for the contest is March 1.
And while there's certainly hundreds, if not thousands of images featuring the scenery of Alaska's parks, LeClair said she's only gotten a few entries.
For more information about the contest, LeClaire encouraged interested parties to go online to http://dnr.alaska.gove/parks and click on the "40th Anniversary Photo Contest" link. Or contact her directly by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 907-269-8696.