National Register ADMIN July 30, 2012
The 2012 National Historic Landmarks Photo Contest is closed.

A big THANK YOU! to all the photographers who submitted to this year's contest. It's thrilling to see your vision of these evocative places. We've received some never-before-seen sites this year.

To view a gallery of this year's winner and honorable mention photographs, visit

Group Description

Are you a history buff? Photography fan? Dedicated traveler? Neighborhood explorer? The steward of a National Historic Landmark?

Grab your camera and visit National Historic Landmarks in your community or anywhere you travel – there are 2,500 to discover.

You’ll discover unexpected places and things that are NHLs – railway buildings, a recording studio, college stadiums, submarines, a giant antenna array, cemeteries, a water pumping station, a space simulator, at least one giant wooden elephant, and so many more. Have fun and go explore.

The 13th Annual National Historic Landmark Photo Contest page will be open for entries from Friday, April 13, 2012, through Wednesday, June 13, 2012 (midnight EST).

This year, we’re challenging photographers to give us a little insight to their experience. In addition to your photograph, please share with us a few words responding to one of the prompts below.

Visiting this National Historic Landmark:
I learned…
I loved…
I met…
I discovered…

We’re eager to see your images and to hear what your experiences were like.

Need to confirm a place is an NHL? You may check the database here. [] (Please note that a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places is not necessarily a National Historic Landmark.)

Photographers may enter up to 10 photographs in the contest, but only one photo per each NHL. Photographers must accept the contest rules before they can enter. Images must be tagged 2012NHLPhotoContest AND added to the group pool. Illustrated instructions on how to do this can be found here:

Group Rules

Contest Rules
The 2012 NHL Photo Contest is a free photography contest held by the National Historic Landmarks Program of the National Park Service to raise awareness of and appreciation for our National Historic Landmarks and the conscientious efforts of their owners and managers to preserve these places and objects for future generations.

Entering the NHL Photo Contest
By adding your entry to the 2012 NHL Photo contest, you authorize the National Park Service to:
•Use your entry for any educational and informational purposes in perpetuity.
•Crop or manipulate your photograph or edit your text.
•Use your name as the creator of the entry and state of residence.
You maintain all other rights to your entry.

NPS is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected or incomplete entries, or technical or submission errors.
•Only one image per NHL, to a maximum of 10 different NHL images per person/entry.
•All photographs that you submit must be your own work and you must own the rights to distribute the entry.

While we both welcome and encourage images featuring NHL visitors, if your photo is selected you will be required to provide a signed release form for any identifiable individual in your photograph. Sample model release form available here as part of the Flickr/Getty Images collaboration. ><

Judging is based on image quality and visually expressing the experience of visiting the NHL. Upload the highest resolution image possible (less than 10MB). The winning image may be used in various contexts and a hi-res image ensures the best quality.

You may view the contest entries here:

Winners/Honorable Mentions
If your photograph is chosen, you will be contacted by NPS staff in June 2012, using the contact information provided with your Flickr account. You are required to respond by email within seven days or an alternate will be selected. Your email address will not be used except as required to fulfill this contest. Winners will be announced on the NHL Photo Contest page and on the Flickr contest page by Friday July 13, 2012. All decisions are final. NPS retains the sole discretion over the selection of, and decision not to select, any particular entry as one of the winners.

Questions? Contact us using the photo contest Flickr page discussion board , at, or at NHL Photo Contest, U.S. Custom House, 200 Chestnut Street, Third Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Guidelines for Photography at National Historic Landmarks
After confirming that the site, structure, or object is a National Historic Landmark (different from a National Register listing: see NHL database ), determine whether or not public access is allowed. While many NHLs are open to the public and welcome visitors, others are not public. Please be respectful of private property and do not trespass.

How to submit to the 2012 NHL Photo contest GROUP on Flickr
Even if you are familiar with Flickr, please read these guidelines which include important information.
Step 1: Make sure the photograph shows a National Historic Landmark. For a list of NHLs designated by the Secretary of the Interior, visit:
NOTE: Only photos of designated National Historic Landmarks are eligible for this contest. Images will appear in the pool after they have been reviewed and accepted by a group moderator (usually no more than a business day or two after submission).
Step 2: In the photo description space, please include the NHL name, city, state and include your brief response to --
I Learned…
I Loved…
I Met…
I Discovered…

Step 3: Photos must be TAGGED: 2012NHLPhotoContest Note: Tagging a photo does not add your image to the contest group.
Step 5: Upload/Add to the group. You will need to agree to the contest rules before you can advance to the group page.
Step 6: All submissions must be approved by the moderator before they will appear in the group pool. Proper tagging (2012NHLPHOTOCONTEST), labeling and identification of your submission help speed the verification process. Notes: Upload the highest resolution image possible. The entries may be used in various contexts and high resolution images produce the best results.

You may confirm that your photo has been added to the pool by opening the photo’s page and checking the right hand column where it says “This photo appears in.” Under that header you should see “2012NHLPhotoContest”

If you are having trouble adding to the group, consult this illustrated step-by-step.

Additional Info

  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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