On August 28, 2017, the price of the America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase for the first time since 1994. The additional revenue will be used to enhance the visitor experience in parks. Learn more about the changes, what they mean for you, and how the additional funds will be used.

Why is the price of the Senior Pass increasing?
The price of the America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass is increasing as result of the Centennial Legislation P.L. 114-289 passed by the US Congress on December 16, 2016.

When was the last time the price increased for the Senior Pass? 
The Senior Pass has been $10 since 1994.

How much is it increasing?
The lifetime Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80.

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A friend recently sent a link to a photo contest run by the Park Service.  It seemed interesting and I was considering entering.  Unfortunately when I checked their 'rules' (as I now always do carefully), there was a deal breaker - which I've copied below for your interest.  Given this, I won’t participate since doing so is effectively giving the images away (even if I don't win anything).

“6. LICENSE/USE OF ENTRIES: By submitting an Entry, entrant hereby grant to Sponsor a royalty free and fully paid up, irrevocable, worldwide perpetual license to edit, publish, use, adapt, exploit, and modify any Entry (and all elements embodied therein), including, without limitation the images, names, likenesses of any persons or locations embodied therein, online, in print, film, television, or in any other media now known or hereafter devised, without compensation, notification or permission from entrant, anyone appearing in the Entry, or any third party, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including on Sponsor’s website, http://nationalparks.org, and third party websites.”

So be very careful to read their rules – and not just about the photographer retaining all copyright privileges, but what rights they have to use your image and for what consideration (if any). 

Some contests limit their ‘taking’ of images to those who have won significant cash prizes, which you might be okay with, while many require the right to use winning entries for publicity/promotional purposes related to the contest. 

Whatever the terms, just be sure you read them carefully (given all the legal jargon) before you upload any files (or pay any $$).

There are wonderful contests that allow you to get you images in front of large, new audiences (and maybe a nice prize, too).  Unfortunately, there are also too many that are rip-offs and need to be avoided.  And it takes vigilance to be sure you can tell the difference.

Your club receives many announcements of competitions from around the world. We post those which seem credible and appropriate here as a courtesy to the other organizations but have no responsibility for the legitimacy or advisability of entering. 

Please read and understand the rules and the rights you retain when you submit your images to these or any other events and make sure you agree with the terms set.