New York Named Best State for Fall Photography by 5th Annual Nikon...

New York Named Best State for Fall Photography by 5th Annual Nikon Contest

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Melville, NY—Nikon Inc. revealed New York State as the winner of its fifth annual Top Spots for Fall Foliage competition. The nationwide contest determines America’s most picture-perfect state to photograph autumn colors. Moreover, New York ousted the other 49 hopefuls for the title of Best State for Fall Photography.

Not only does this year mark New York’s second time earning the prestigious honor, but the victory is significant. It is the first time in three years for a state to dethrone the competition’s reigning champion—Michigan.

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“This year, we are celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Top Spots for Fall Foliage campaign; it continues to highlight the remarkable way photography brings communities together,” said Jay Vannatter, executive vice president, Nikon Inc. “Over the past five years, we have been impressed by the way individuals have showcased their state pride by sharing nearly 30,000 beautiful autumn images. This year was no different; and we loved to see the photos and videos from around the United States.”

Best State for Fall Photography

Submissions from all fifty states proved that autumn continues to be one of the most beautiful, picturesque seasons across the U.S. Breathtaking entries from coast to coast included spectacular seasonal landscapes. However, it was New York State that ultimately took the top spot with the most submissions. What’s more, it boasted a knockout combination of colorful foliage-filled cityscape shots and charming rural wilderness scenery.

Meanwhile, Michigan earned the second spot with images of vibrant leaves and radiant lakes. In addition, Colorado came in third place with a vibrant display of mountains surrounded by bright hues.

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Participants showed their state pride by posting their favorite foliage shots on Instagram as well as Twitter. They were accompanied by a designated #NikonFall hashtag featuring their state abbreviation (e.g., #NikonFallNY). They also posted to Nikon’s Facebook page.

From professionals to beginner photographers, individuals across the country came together to embrace the natural beauty of autumn. They shared gorgeous destinations for the leaf-peeping season to inspire future fall foliage road trips.

To view the Top Spots for Fall Foliage submissions on Instagram and Twitter, search the hashtag #NikonFall followed by the state’s abbreviation (e.g., #NikonFallNY, #NikonFallMI). Moreover, to see the submissions on Facebook, visit

For those looking to step up their own seasonal photography game, check out Nikon’s Learn and Explore website. It offers useful tips on capturing breathtaking landscapes. It is located at: