Photo submissions for the cover contest are now closed! Stay tuned! Finalists will be notified April 19 and then their photos will be put to a public vote via NRPA's Facebook page on May 22. 

We’re collecting photos that tell a great story for a chance to be featured on the July 2017 issue of Parks & Recreation in celebration of Park and Recreation Month. We’ll choose the top photos and put them to a public vote on Facebook. The photo with the most social power (likes) will win the coveted cover spot!


  • March 31, 2017: photo submissions due 
  • April 19, 2017: finalists selected and notified
  • May 22, 2017: finalists put to public vote on Facebook
  • May 26, 2017: finalist with the most “likes” by 3 p.m. ET wins!

Questions can be sent to NRPA Communications Manager Roxanne Sutton.

By submitting images, you are confirming that you have all legal rights to the image, consent of those pictured in the image and understand that submitted images may be used by NRPA in printed materials, websites and on social media.

NRPA offers no compensation for any images or videos.

Images selected for use will be judged 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 2017 cover photo and not use a submitted image as the cover.

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