"Alaska's Hidden Gems" photography contest kicks off

Posted: Friday, April 23, 2010

FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Wilderness League kicks off a national photography contest to showcase extraordinary public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

The photography contest will run through June 1 in conjunction with an exhibition in Fairbanks highlighting the 2009 winners at the Alaska Public Center located in the Morris Thompson Cultural Center.

"The pristine wilderness and beauty of these lands have yet to be explored by millions of Americans, including fellow Alaskans," said Jeremiah Millen, of the Alaska Wilderness League. "Through the eyes of photographers from near and far, we hope to capture the story of these lands and inspire others to visit and preserve these lands for future generations."

The contest includes four categories such as landscapes and natural features, historical and cultural features, humans and the environment and wildlife. Photographers are encouraged to provide engaging anecdotes about the lands along with their photographic submissions.

Entries will be accepted through June 1 and may include photographs taken of BLM lands such as: White Mountains, Gulkana and Delta River Recreation Areas, Bristol Bay, Nullato Hills, Squirrel River, Mount Osborn, the Steese, the Fortymile River Area, and the Scenic Dalton Highway. Prizes will be awarded to the top three photographers.

Detailed contest guidelines can be found at alaskawild.org/hiddengems.

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