Capture the beauty, wonder and fun of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests and share those experiences in the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation’s (PPFF) Through the Seasons 2014 Photo Contest.

The Foundation is now accepting submissions for the contest, which is open now, ends Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 12 p.m. EDT.

This year’s contest includes several new features, including a new category—Young Photographers—for budding shutterbugs aged 10 to 21 years old.

Award winners will also be showcased in a new traveling photo show to appear in several locations across the Commonwealth.

Official contest categories for 2014:

Appreciation of Beauty

Kids in the Outdoors

Outdoor Recreation

Volunteers in Actions

Dogs in the Outdoors

Young Photographers (photographers aged 10-21)

All photos must have been taken in a Pennsylvania state park or state forest.

Prizes include a $75 state park gift card for Best in Show winners, a $50 gift card for First Place winners in each category, and a $25 gift card for Second Place winners in each category.

Winners will be selected by popular vote on PPFF’s Facebook page. Voting takes place from Sept. 10 to Sept. 17. Award winners will be featured in the Foundation’s fall newsletter and may be included on the PPFF website, Facebook page and in other electronic communications.

Entries should be sent to PPFF at Find complete rules at

About the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

Founded in 1999, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation supports 120 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest by coordinating volunteers, activities and donations through its 36 chapters.

The mission of the foundation is to promote and support the natural and cultural resources of Pennsylvania's state parks and forests through leadership in recreation, education, conservation and volunteerism.