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28 April 2016

Articles for this issue

  1. Share the Experience Photo Contest
  2. Corps Lakes & Recreation.gov Data
  3. Happenings Around Corps Lakes!
  4. Photos for Your Lake
  5. Lake URLs


Share the Experience Photo Contest

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now a participating agency in the Share the Experience Photo Contest! The contest provides an opportunity for amateur photographers to share their experiences by submitting inspiring photos of the nations federal recreation lands, national parks, forests, waterways and historical and cultural sites. Photographs must be taken between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016 and contest entries are accepted from April 28, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Winners will be announced Spring 2016.

About Share the Experience

  • Contest site and official rules: www.SharetheExperience.org
  • 16th annual contest, started by the National Park Foundation in conjunction with the Federal Recreation Lands Pass Program
  • Winning image is featured on the America the Beautiful  The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass
  • More than 15,000 photo entries in 2015 with more than 650,000 photo views
  • Provides an opportunity for amateur photographers to share their experiences by submitting inspiring photos of the nations federal recreation lands, national parks, forests, waterways and historical and cultural sites
  • Encourages people to get outdoors and enjoy their public lands
  • Contest Guidelines - http://www.SharetheExperience/guideline s
  • Weekly winners will be posted at www.SharetheExperience.org

Photo Categories

  • Adventure & Outdoor Recreation
    Share photos of your favorite activities and adventures on federal lands across America's Great Outdoors  camping, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, kayaking, skiing, climbing, riding, etc.
  • Historical & Cultural
    Inspire with images depicting historical locations and cultural events  from national historical sites and monuments to cultural celebrations on federal lands
  • Scenic, Seasons & Landscapes
    Capture scenic vistas and sweeping landscapes - fall foliage, forests, winter wonderlands, flowers, mountains, deserts, canyons, lakes, beaches, rivers and more.
  • Every Kid In A Park
    In conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Outside! initiative, Every Kid in a Park encourages kids and families to be active and explore America's Great Outdoors. Launched in 2015, the initiative strives to connect kids with natural resources and create the next generation of visitors, advocates, and supporters of our public lands.
  • Wildlife
    Take a walk on the wild side with photos of wildlife on federal lands  mammals, birds, insects and reptiles. Keep your distance and stay safe!
  • Night Skies
    Capture the magic of a night out under the stars. Slow the shutter speed down and see what develops!

Social Media

Help encourage the public to submit photos from our lakes!


Corps Lakes & Recreation.gov Data

Do you realize that by keeping your OMBIL data accurate and up to date you are also keeping information fresh on two popular websites used by the public? You have recently updated your lakes OMBIL data. Without any additional effort on your part, that updated information will be loaded into the Corps Lakes website which in turn feeds the Recreation.Gov website.

Please check directions to your lake as well as links. This information comes from field not OMBIL and is provided to Recreation.gov. Also check to be sure all of your reservable campgrounds have links to Recreation.gov. Provide corrections to Ginny Dickerson (Virginia.L.Dickerson@usace.army.mil).


Happenings Around Corps Lakes!

Are you looking for a way to inform visitors about the great events taking place at your lake? Corps Lakes has added a new section for promoting local events.

Check it out at http://www.CorpsLakes.us and submit events at http://www.CorpsLakes.us/events-submit.cfm.

The front page of Corps Lakes will list events for the week as well as a link to all upcoming events. These events will also be listed on the associated lake pages.

These events will also be included on Recreation.gov website and possibly be highlighted on that front page.


Photos for Your Lake

Photo tips:

  • Rangers should be in proper uniform - ball caps only during boat patrol, campaign hat when outside with public
  • Boat photos - be sure everyone is wearing a life jacket
  • Life jackets - proper use and fit

Photo use:

  • Photos within Corps Lakes Photo album are also used within Recreation.gov
  • The lake pages within Recreation.gov can house up to 6 rotating photos.
  • We are always interested in getting more quality items for that a variety of other uses.

Photo Specifics - What to Send Us:
High Quality Photos only!
PLEASE, CHECK for PROPER UNIFORM, signage, etc in photo!

Types of photos required - DIGITAL ONLY!

  • Recent vs. Dated photos
  • Activity photos
  • Event photos
  • Partnership photos
  • Celebration, dedication photos

Please provide the photo (label it and relate it to the information listed)

  1. Lake name
  2. Photographer
  3. Area or campsite name if applicable
  4. Description - include if partner, disabilities, etc.
  5. Photo - high quality - JPG, GIF, or TIFF
  6. Please provide us with electronic copy of any necessary release forms

Submit and guidance:
You can send photos for addition to the Corps Lakes Photo Albums by email to CorpsLakes@usace.army.mil.

You must follow your District policy involving PAO for approval of these photos before you provide them to CorpsLakes.


Lake URLs

As of today the short cut URLs are not working properly. A OS upgrade caused these URLs to stop working. We are working on the issue but wanted to inform the lakes of the issue if you are using these with the public.


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