Nikon logoThe Empire State Unseats Three-Time Reigning Champion Michigan To Reclaim The Prestigious "Top Spot For Fall Foliage" Title

Melville, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. unveiled New York as the winner of its fifth annual “Top Spots for Fall Foliage” competition to determine America’s most picture-perfect state to photograph autumn colors. After an exciting race, New York ousted the other forty-nine hopefuls for the title of “Best State for Fall Photography” in the United States. Not only does this year mark New York’s second time earning the prestigious honor, but the victory is significant, as it is the first time in three years for a state to de-throne the competition’s reigning champion – Michigan.

“This year, we are celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Top Spots for Fall Foliage campaign, which 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.”

Submissions from all fifty states proved that autumn continues to be one of the most beautiful and picturesque seasons across the United States. Breathtaking entries from coast to coast included spectacular seasonal landscapes, but it was New York that ultimately took the top spot with the most submissions, boasting a knockout combination of colorful foliage-filled cityscape shots and charming rural wilderness scenery. Meanwhile, Michigan earned the second-place spot with images of vibrant leaves and radiant lakes, while Colorado came in third place with a vibrant display of mountains surrounded by bright hues.

Participants showed their state pride by posting their favorite foliage shots on Instagram and Twitter accompanied by a designated #NikonFall hashtag featuring their state abbreviation (e.g. #NikonFallNY) and on Nikon’s Facebook page. From professionals to beginner photographers, individuals across the country came together to embrace the natural beauty of autumn, sharing gorgeous destinations for leaf-peeping season to inspire future fall foliage road trips. 

To view the fifth annual Top Spots for Fall Foliage submissions on Instagram and Twitter, search the hashtag #NikonFall followed by the state’s abbreviation (e.g. #NikonFallNY, #NikonFallMI); to see the submissions on Facebook, please visit For those looking to step up their own seasonal photography game, check out Nikon’s Learn and Explore website for useful tips on capturing your own breathtaking landscapes:


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