BLM and TravelNevada kick off ‘17 photo contest

The 2017 U.S. Bureau of Land Management Nevada photo contest is underway in partnership with TravelNevada, organizers announced. BLM Nevada will be accepting submissions for its annual photo contest through Sept.15.

“When you travel to a new place, it’s the experiences that make the best souvenirs,” said Claudia Vecchio, director of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

“In Nevada, you can have unforgettable experiences, whether you’re adventuring in the immense public lands, exploring a unique historic site, or enjoying one of the state’s multitude of events,” Vecchio said.

Organizers are seeking amazing photos that highlight the best of BLM Nevada’s lands and historical sites.

Categories include:

■ People Exploring Nevada: share photos of your favorite activities and adventures on BLM lands across Nevada, volunteering, working, camping, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, kayaking, skiing, climbing or riding or your favorite adventure. Don’t forget new people you may come across while exploring, capturing true Nevada characters in their own element will be considered, as well, organizers said.

■ Weird and Wild: take a walk on the wild side with photos of wildlife, wilderness, wildflowers.

■ Employee: BLM/TravelNevada employees can submit their photos for a special employee category.

For more information on the contest contact Rita Henderson, 775-861-6471,

Photographs may also be shared on Facebook and Twitter using #MyPublicLands.

The winning photographs in the 2017 Calendar can be viewed at

“We want to hear about your journey to capture the photo you’re submitting,” said Barb Keleher, BLM Nevada Recreation planner. “In 250 words tell us all about your adventure to be considered in the top 20 contestants.”

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