On October 4, 2016, the Embassy launched a photo competition, #NationalParksUSNZ, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. The winning entry’s prize included a $400 gift card to REI and a chance to feature in Air New Zealand’s in-flight magazine.
Contestants were asked to submit photos of U.S. National Parks they have visited— in the United States —to celebrate our common love for the outdoors.
The competition aimed to highlight the central roles national parks play in our communities, and the importance of recreation and natural, historic, and cultural conservation.
Thanks for all your photos!
The judges had a difficult time selecting a winner from the hundreds of stunning entries.
But there could only be one winner…
…and the winner is…
Sam is in his final year Earth Science and Environmental Science student at Massey University.
“I love surfing, hiking and photo shooting, lying on the ground and watching milky way is one of my biggest hobby of all time. I love nature and earth science, I spent 6 weeks traveling in 23 National Parks in the U.S. during 2016; I drove over 18 States and saw some amazing views and landscape of the western part of the U.S.” – Sam.
Sam hopes his photos can bring some joy to other people.
The top 10 (in no particular order)…