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    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Spirit of the Mountains 2009 Photography Contest Winners to be Announced

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Date: November 12, 2009
Contact: Lauren Newman, 805-370-2343

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area invites the public to an afternoon of photography with acclaimed professional photographers Tom Gamache and Van Webster on November 14 from 1:30-4 pm at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Thousand Oaks, CA.  The afternoon will feature three different activities, including a lecture on effective landscape photography techniques, an opportunity to observe a professional photography critique, and the unveiling of the 2009 Spirit of the Mountains photography contest winners. 

 

This year’s annual Spirit of the Mountains photo competition attracted over 200 entries in six categories.  The amateur photographer participants came from many regions in Southern California, including communities in the Santa Monica Mountains and Los Angeles, as well as places like Covina and Huntington Beach.   Winning photographs will be on exhibit in the National Park Service Visitor Center beginning November 14, and will be on display through January of 2010. 

 

Photographer Tom Gamache will critique the entries, and offer valuable constructive advice to both the competitors as well as the visiting public on best landscape photography practices and easy techniques to improve photographs.  Additionally, the public will enjoy a one hour lecture on landscape photography, learning about perspective and photograph composition.  This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring photographers to learn from professionals who have a great deal of experience in landscape photography.

 

Tom Gamache has spent a great deal of time in the Santa Monica Mountains, most notably as the photographer in Range on the Edge, a book about the Santa Monica Mountains landscape that has been described as a love letter to the wild heart of Los Angeles.   Joining Gamache for the photography afternoon will be photographer Van Webster, founder and president of Webster Communications.  Together, they will provide a rich context for landscape photography, and an opportunity for the public to gather skills and inspiration for future photography endeavors. 

 

The event will be held at 401 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA.  For more information and directions to the event, please visit: www.nps.gov/samo or call 805-370-2301.

 

To learn more about Tom Gamache and to find out more about future photography opportunities including his upcoming December digital photography boot camp co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the UCLA Stunt Ranch Reserve, please visit: www.tomgamache.com.

Did You Know?

Backbone trail hikes lead to views of mountains, canyons, and the Pacific Ocean.

Piece by piece, a trail is forging its way along the "backbone" of the recreation area. California State Parks took the first step toward a 65-mile Backbone Trail in 1978. With 5 miles left to go, single track trails and fireroads will unite this patchwork of public parklands from east to west.