U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
On December 21, 2012, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Sierra Club Mission Outdoors announced the three winners of their first annual Veterans Day Essay and Photo Contest.
The three winning entries, which include a video essay, one photo essay, and a written essay, will be featured on the BLM and Sierra Club websites and social media platforms, and receive an outdoor support kit from the Sierra Club.
The contest, centered on the theme “What My Public Lands Mean to Me,” encouraged veterans, active-duty military, and their families to submit photos, essays and video about their experiences and memories of time spent outside on America’s public lands. The contest is a part of an ongoing commitment by both organizations to provide the country’s Armed forces with opportunities to get outside and enjoy the beautiful public lands that they have sacrificed to defend.
The BLM and Sierra Club accepted contest entries from Veterans Day, November 12, to December 7 at http://mypubliclands.challenge.gov . Beginning December 7 (Pearl Harbor Day) and through December 14, members of the public voted for their favorite entries through the same website. The entries were then judged by an all-veteran panel of BLM and Sierra Club employees, including Carl Rountree, Assistant Director of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System, and Stacy Bare, Sierra Club Mission Outdoors Director.
View the three winning entries, along other qualifying submissions, through the links below.
Three Winners of the Veterans Day Photo and Essay Contest
Additional Contest Submissions