California Photographer Wins Lassen Volcanic National Park Photo Contest

This photo of cinder cones was selected as the winning entry in Lassen Volcanic National Park's annual photo contest. It was taken by I-Ting Chiang of Fremont, California.

A photographer from California who captured an intriguing photo of cinder cones in Lassen Volcanic National Park has been named the winner of the park's 2012 annual photo pass contest.

I-Ting Chiang, of Fremont, had his photo -- "Painted Dunes Atop Cinder Cone" -- selected from more than 100 entries in the contest, which is held each year and open to the public.

The winning photograph was selected by park employees and volunteers. Mr. Chiang will receive photo credit and a $50 gift certificate from the Lassen Association to use at one of the park bookstores, and his photo will be featured on the 2012 Lassen Annual Pass.

The photo contest for the 2013 Lassen Annual Pass will run again next summer. Photographs may be submitted beginning May 1 and no later than September 7, 2012. For more information, please contact the fee office at (530) 595-6120.

The $25 Lassen Annual Pass is valid for one year from the month of purchase and is also honored at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. The 2012 pass will be available for purchase in the new year at the southwest area of the park or online through the park website at http://www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm or http://www.pay.gov.

The Lassen Volcanic Annual Pass is part of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, which enables Lassen Volcanic National Park to retain 80% of fees collected through the selling of passes and the collection of entrance fees. These funds pay for needed repairs and projects to improve visitor services and facilities.