28 April 2016
Articles for this issue
- Share the Experience Photo Contest
- Corps Lakes & Recreation.gov Data
- Happenings Around Corps Lakes!
- Photos for Your Lake
- 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
- Weekly winners will be posted at www.SharetheExperience.org
- 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.
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
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
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
- 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
- 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)
- Lake name
- Area or campsite name if applicable
- Description - include if partner, disabilities, etc.
- Photo - high quality - JPG, GIF, or TIFF
- 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
You must follow your District policy involving PAO for approval of these photos before
you provide them to CorpsLakes.
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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