Meet our “Love at Parks” photo contest winner

From romantic sunsets to tree hugging, beautiful weddings, families playing, heart-shaped stones and more… We love our Washington state parks!

By Jenny Burns, Digital Media Strategist

“Wedding day” by Nehemiah Suko, taken at Manchester State Park, won our “Love at Parks” photo contest.

What moves you about our state parks? Capture and share it with like-minded park lovers!

During the month of August, we invited our state park photographers to feature what “Love At Parks” means to them. As a bonus, we offered the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate. We received dozens of fantastic photos showcasing family photos, tree hugging, friendship and romance at parks – thank you! And the winner is…

“Wedding day,” by Nehemiah Suko! This winning photo from our August photo challenge was taken at Manchester State Park. Located west of Seattle on the Kitsap Peninsula, Manchester State Park features 3,400 feet of breathtaking saltwater shoreline, 1.9 miles of hiking trails and a historic torpedo warehouse pictured in this winning photo. Popular activities at this park include saltwater fishing, birdwatching, mountain biking, a horseshoe pit, boating, diving and a volleyball field. Manchester State Park is also a splendid wedding venue, as are most of our beautiful state parks. If you are interested in venues for a special occasion, check out wedding & day-use sites within the Washington state park system.

Meet the photographer

Nehemiah Suko is a new member of our photographer community. Suko has been photographing realistic, portrait and natural light photography for the past ten years. He currently shoots with a Cannon 60D. His favorite park for taking photos is Manchester State Park. As he told us, “I like the old war bunkers and variation of forest greenery.” Suko has joined our community of more than 300 photographers who contribute breathtaking and fun photos from state parks across Washington. Welcome, Nehemiah Suko, and thanks!