The 11 Most Breathtakingly Beautiful Photos Of National Parks

Sometimes we think we have to travel to the other side of the globe to see the world’s most magnificent places. Well, there are tons of opportunities to experience some of the earth’s most stunning scenery right in the United States. Case in point:

The National Park Foundation revealed the winners of its 2015 “Share the Experience” contest, which asks amateur photographers to submit images taken at any of the country’s hundreds of national parks. If these images don’t make you want to visit a National Park, then nothing will. We’re packing our bags while viewing this dreamy gallery of animals and scenery that perfectly capture how beautiful this country truly is.

The big winner of the bunch, picked from over 15,000 submissions, is a sunset so beautiful and calming, we’re almost at a loss for words. Taken at Glen Canyon National Recreational area in Utah by Yang Lu, the stunning shot did not come without a bit of hard work.
In another image, the “fan favorite winner,” we are given an up close an personal view of a bull bison in Yellowstone National Park by Matthew Sorum. “Not only did I get the background I was looking for that captured the beauty of the environment we were in, I also capGrand Prize Winner – Yang Lu
Location: Glen Canyon National Recreation Areatured the largest bison I have ever seen,” Sorum wrote about the experience.

Take a look at all 11 winners below, and head to the National Park Foundation to learn more.


Grand Prize Winner – Yang Lu
Location: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area



Second Place – Koustubh Kulkarni
Location: Joshua Tree National Park



Third Place – Sarah Gustafson
Location: Death Valley National Park



Historical & Cultural Winner – David Regala
Location: Cedar Mesa



Every Kid in a Park Winner – Kimberly Hall
Location: Virgin Islands National Park



Fan Favorite Winner – Matthew Sorum
Location: Yellowstone National Park



Scenic, Seasons and Landscapes Winner – Steve Ancik
Location: Ah-shi-sle-pah Wilderness Study Area



Night Skies Winner – Erik Fremstad
Location: Badlands National Park



Adventure & Outdoor Recreation Winner – Rebecca Wilks
Location: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area



Fan Favorite Winner – Heather Martin
Location: Mt. Whitney, Inyo National Forest




Wildlife Winner – Brent Wauer
Location: Saguaro National Park






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