Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December 2013. More »
2013 Harbor Seal Pupping Season Closures
From March 1 through June 30, the park implements closures of certain Tomales Bay beaches and Drakes Estero to water-based recreation to protect harbor seals during the pupping season. Please avoid disturbing seals to ensure a successful pupping season. More »
The Point Reyes 50th Anniversary Photo Contest has Ended
Thank you to everyone who have submitted photos to the Point Reyes 50th Anniversary Photo Contest. We've received over a hundred photos in print and on-line from 30 different visitors as far as Texas and Colorado to California. Digital photo submission can be viewed at the park's Flickr site.
Winning entrants can be viewed at the park's Flickr site. The winning photos will be posted to this website by November. Congratulations to our contest winners!
Point Reyes 50th Anniversary Photo Contest
On September 13, 1962, President Kennedy signed the Point Reyes National Seashore Authorization Act, realizing the dream of a national seashore at Point Reyes.
To commemorate our 50th anniversary, Point Reyes National Seashore is sponsoring a photo contest. From the 308th step at the historic lighthouse to high up on Mt. Vision's bishop pine covered ridge, share your favorite memories of this natural sanctuary. Park visitors are invited to submit their photos in three categories: flora and fauna, landscapes, and people in the seashore.
The competition is open to all park visitors. Submissions will be accepted between August 1, 2012, and August 27, 2012. The winners will be announced in September to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the park.
Rules and Regulations
Who may enter:
How to enter:
(1) Please submit photographs and entry form to anela_ramos [at] nps.gov. Submit no more than three photographs in the following categories: flora/fauna, landscapes, and people in the seashore. Download the entry form. (114 KB PDF)
(2) Upload photos to the Point Reyes National Seashore 50th Anniversary Photo Contest Group site. Submit no more than three photographs in the following categories: flora/fauna, landscapes, and people in the seashore. Include photographer name, date and location where photo was taken, and category for each photo.
Photos must be taken within the Point Reyes National Seashore boundaries.
The photos must demonstrate good stewardship of the seashore and depict approved visitor use and park resource protection.
All photos must be the original work of the contestant.
Submission format for photos
All entries must be received by August 27, 2012.
Announcement of winners
Image copyright, usage license, and releases
Photographer credit will be given. All entrants retain ownership and copyright of their entries and are not restricted in the future use of their images.
Photos may not include images of identifiable persons, unless the photographer has obtained photo releases from those photographed.
Download the sample photo release form (24 KB PDF) or create your own and attach the completed forms in the email along with the image, or mail the forms to:
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Anela Ramos by email or call 415-464-5146.
Did You Know?
Four species of pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) rest onshore or breed at Point Reyes: the Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris), the harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), and the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus). More...