First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest

The amazingly popular First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest returns for 2023! Grab your coats and cameras and join the fun this New Year’s Eve along more than 334 miles of Park Authority trails. 

Participation is simple. Visit any FCPA trail on Sat., Dec. 31 or Sun., Jan. 1. Take a photo to commemorate the experience and submit it online before midnight on Sun., Jan. 1, 2023. The photo submission link will be posted here at 5 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 31, 2022.   

Win prizes in one of the following seven categories; prizes are sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation:   

  • People’s Choice: $100 Park Authority Gift Card or 25-visit FCPA Rec Center Discount Fast Pass (valued at $175)   
  • Judges’ Choice: $100 Park Authority Gift Card or 25-visit FCPA Rec Center Discount Fast Pass (valued at $175)   
  • Director’s Choice: $100 Park Authority Gift Card   
  • Best in Show (Scenery/Landscapes): $75 Park Authority Gift Card   
  • Best in Show (People): $75 Park Authority Gift Card   
  • Best in Show (Wildlife): $75 Park Authority Gift Card   
  • Best in Show (Pets): $75 Park Authority Gift Card  

PHOTO CONTEST RULES

First Hike Fairfax is open to amateur and professional photographers. Only one photo entry per person will be accepted (multiple family members may submit photos individually). Photos must be taken on a Park Authority trail. (Want to find a trail near you?  Our Trail Buddy can help you find one.) Photos must be in JPG or PNG format (no bigger than 5MB is preferred) and contest submissions must clearly indicate the date and what Park Authority trail the photo was taken.  See full contest rules.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Need ideas to plan your First Hike Fairfax adventure? Check out the following family-friendly starter hikes at some really great parks in Fairfax County. 

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