And the Winner of RTC’s 2015 Calendar Photo Contest Is …

Posted 09/17/15 by Amy Kapp in America's Trails, Trail Use

RTC was ecstatic to receive more than 1,000 entries to this year’s Photo Calendar Contest, capturing the beauty and diversity of life on and around our nation’s incredible rail-trails.

We wanted it all—and our contestants gave it to us: skylines and mountain ridges; bicyclists and horseback riders; families and waterfronts; urban bustle and rural quiet.

With so many incredible photos to choose from, it was a really difficult decision, but we finally settled on one Grand Prize Winner—whose photo will be published in the October feature space of our 30th Anniversary Special Edition Rail-Trail Calendar, and three Runners-Up! Congratulations!

Grand Prize Winner: Ali Fulsher

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Michigan
Photo by Carol Fulsher

First Runner-Up: Kate Blais

The Norwottuck Rail Trail in Massachusetts
Photo by Kate Blais (cropped for size)

Second Runner-Up: Fran Seidl

The Newton Blackmour State Trail in Wisconsin
Photo by Fran Seidl

Special Third Runner-Up Greenway Nod: Madalyn Etzel

The Lake to Lake Trail in Ohio
Photo by Madalyn Etzel

Each of our winners will receive an RTC Gift Pack, which will include: a 2016 Rail-Trail Calendar, a one-year membership (or membership renewal) to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a bike badge, a Camelbak water bottle, a bottle opener and a Share the Trail sticker. The photos submitted by our runners-up will also be published in smaller form in the back section of our 2016 calendar.

We also want to give a real big shout-out to all our contestants: Your passion for trails—and great eye for great shots—were evident through and through. We are so glad you are part of the rail-trail community!

If you haven’t already, take a look at all the incredibly entries we received this year!

Thanks to everyone who entered for helping to make this contest a success!

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