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A stunning photo taken at Acadia National Park by Peabody, Massachusetts-based Indian American nature photographer Manish Mamtani has won the 2017 ‘Share the Experience’ photo contest. (doi.gov photo)

A photograph of Acadia National Park, taken by Indian American Manish Mamtani of Peabody, Massachusetts, has won America’s National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands’ contest called ‘Share the Experience.’

The grand prize for the winning image is $10,000. Winners also received outdoor gear, hotel packages, and an annual National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.

The contest invited amateur photographers to submit their favorite views, moments, and experiences through this annual competition.

The Nagpur native’s captivating photo showing a starry night at Acadia National Park was chosen from more than 16,000 submissions. The image will be featured on the annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.

“I have always been a great fan of America’s national parks,” Mamtani, who took the winning image while visiting the park with his wife in summer 2017, said in a statement. “I love the way beauty and wilderness is preserved in the parks. I always feel a close connection to nature in the national parks. My love for night sky is the reason I ventured into astrophotography. Hiking in the night sky not only fulfills my appetite for adventure, but also makes me appreciate my existence among billions of galaxies, where our planet itself is no more than a tiny dot. Some of the national parks like Death Valley, Big Bend, Natural Bridges, Acadia and Arches provide the darkest night skies.”

An accountant by profession, Mamtani specializes in landscapes, night/astro, aerial and infrared photography, according to his bio on his official website, where he also shares that he discovered his passion for photography in 2010 when he first visited Yosemite National Park.

A photograph of the red walls of the Fort Union National Monument by Kristy Burns from Livingston, Texas, took second place. Third place went to Dorrie Henderson of Lafayette, Indiana, for a photograph of Red Rock Crossing at Coconino National Forest.

The 2018 ‘Share the Experience’ photo contest is now accepting entries through Dec. 31.

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