Indiana Woman’s Photo Wins in National State Parks Contest

(UNDATED) – Emily Monticue’s picture of her son at Turkey Run State Park took first place in the Activities category in America’s State Parks 2019 Photo Contest, according to Ginger Murphy, state parks deputy director. 

The competition was organized by the National Association of State Park Directors and Aspira. The contest is designed to showcase the diversity and beauty inherent in America’s state parks.

“It was probably around 8 a.m. and there was no one else hiking on this particular stretch of the canyon,” said photographer Emily Monticue, Bluffton. “My son was walking ahead of me and I looked up and remember thinking this would make a great picture! The haziness of the morning, the water, almost perfect lighting and the green on the rock walls made for a perfect shot.”

Monticue says she and her son love spending time outdoors, and she found the perfect time to snap the shot in the park’s Rocky Hollow.

The photographer won a $500 REI gift card, camping pillow and one-year subscription to Backpacker Magazine.

More than 9,000 images were submitted for the contest in five categories.

Information the Herald Tribune,