We want the stories of your park and recreation agency and community to be highlighted on the cover and in the pages of Parks & Recreation magazine! We are accepting photo submissions now through March 15 for our Park and Recreation Month cover contest. The winner will be featured on the cover of the July issue in celebration of Park and Recreation Month.

With this year’s theme, “Where You Belong,” we’re seeking photos that convey how you and your agency build belonging among your community members. When considering the photos you want to submit, please remember that we will highlight the story behind the winning photo in the July issue of Parks & Recreation magazine — the story is just as important as the photo itself!

When submitting your photos, please give a brief description of why this photo supports this year’s theme.

Entries are accepted now through Friday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST.*

One winning photo/story will be selected by a panel of judges and the winning applicants will be notified by Monday, April 1, 2024.

Submit Your Photos

A few things to consider:

  • Submit a photo that includes people, if possible.
  • Submissions must be high-resolution (at a minimum of 300 dpi) and at least 9.25 inches wide (W) by 11 inches tall (H) OR 2775 pixels (W) x 3300 pixels (H).
  • Consider how the Parks & Recreation magazine logo will fit over your photo.
  • Review past Parks & Recreation magazine covers for inspiration and guidance.
  • To learn more about photographing your event/park, check out this article from the May 2021 issue of Parks & Recreation magazine.

Submit Your Photos

2023 Winner

Congratulations to Joe Van Wyk, marketing coordinator for City of Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation in Colorado, for submitting the winning photo for the 2023 Park and Recreation Month cover contest! Learn more about the story behind the photo (pictured above), which highlights Isaac, a participant in the department's therapeutic recreation program, in the July 2023 issue of Parks & Recreation magazine and on the July 2023 bonus episode of Open Space Radio.


Read the Article  Listen to the Episode



*By submitting images, you are confirming that the material does not violate or infringe any existing copyright or any other intellectual property right, and that you have full power to enter into this agreement. You also understand that submitted images may be used by NRPA and Park and Recreation Month sponsors in printed materials, websites and on social media.

NRPA offers no compensation for any images or videos.

Images will be selected based on uniqueness and appropriateness.  Not all images submitted will be used.

Due to editorial changes, NRPA reserves the right to change the topic of the July 2024 cover photo and not use a submitted image as the cover.








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