After many hours of grueling debate, the judges have spoken: we have our winners! With more than 900 submissions, there was a lot to choose from, and we at American Forests would like to thank all of you for participating and submitting such incredible photos.

If you would like to browse the complete gallery of all submissions, check out our Flickr page.

Without further ado, here are the winners!

Grand Prize Winner: “An Ancient Bristlecone Pine”

An Ancient Bristlecone Pine

Photographer: Garret Suhrie (CA); Location: Methuselah Grove, Inyo National Forest, Calif.


Forest Landscapes Winner: “What Lies Beneath”

What Lies Beneath

Photographer: Bob Ross (UT); Location: Redwood National Forest, Calif.


Big, Beautiful Trees Winner: “For the Love of Trees”

For the Love of Trees

Photographer: Amanda Joy Mason (MD); Location: Kings Canyon National Park, Calif.


Forest Recreation Winner: “Above It”

Above It

Photographer: Adam Roades (N.C.); Location: Craggy Pinnacle, Blue Ridge Mountains, NC


Forest Wildlife Winner: “Roosevelt Congress in the Mist”

Roosevelt Congress in the Mist

Photographer: Max Forster (CA); Location: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Calif.


Honorable Mention: “Big Baby”

Big Baby

Photographer: Wasim Muklashy (CA); Location: Mariposa Grove, Yosemite, Calif.


Honorable Mention: “Fox”


Photographer: Joseph Ridgeway (NJ); Location: Joe’s Backyard, West Deptford, N.J.


Honorable Mention: “Watered Woodlands”

Watered Woodlands

Photographer: Brian Carlisle (MS); Location: Pascagoula River Swamp, Miss.


People’s Choice: “Edgy Highline Trail”

Edgy Highline Trail

Photographer: Brian Zinke (WY); Location: Glacier National Park, Mont.

All of these photos have a story behind them. If you want to discover more about the Grand Prize and winning photos in each category, the photographers and the reasons why the judges picked them, make sure to become a member before January 1, 2017 to receive the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of American Forests magazine, which will feature more information about the 2016 Forests in Focus contest winners!

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