Deadline Nov. 30 for camping photos

Nov. 30 is the deadline for a camping photo contest to highlight the best of New York’s great outdoors, according to officials from the state’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Hosted through ReserveAmerica and Liveshare, additional information regarding contest rules, eligibility and prizes is available at http://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com/marketing/photo-contest/index.html

The six categories for the photo contest are: camping set-up; water sports; campfire; sunrise/sunset; seasons and nature. Finalists will be determined by a process including top vote getters through social media and a selection committee.

Images will be used in statewide publications, on the web, and highlighted through promotional campaigns.

Prizes include a week-long stay at any state-owned campground with weekend stays for top runners-up.

"From snapping summer fun with the family to capturing autumn’s rich colors, we’re encouraging New Yorkers to share their special moments and memories," said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey.

"There is no better way to tell the story of New York’s environment than through photos of a special place," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.

OPRHP operates 178 state parks including 65 campgrounds with 8,400 campsites, 750 cabins and 50 vacation rentals across 11 park regions. DEC operates 52 campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill regions of the state.

Camping reservations are available through ReserveAmerica, which provides online and phone reservations for campsites throughout New York. Reservations are accepted for campsites and cabins, from one day to nine months in advance of the planned arrival date by calling toll-free 1-800-456-CAMP or online, http://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com.