• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Spirit of the Mountains Fall Photo Contest

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Foggy morning on the trail at Rancho Sierra Vista
Photo Courtesy of Benjamin Kuo

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News Release Date: September 29, 2009
Contact: Visitor Center, 805-370-2301

This fall, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area invites you to participate in its annual Spirit of the Mountains photo contest. Submissions will be accepted October 1-October 31, 2009. 

Do you enjoy exploring the mountains with your camera? Consider heading out to the park and gathering some great shots for this year’s contest. Categories include: Plants, Animals, Scenic Shots, Young Photographers, People in Parklands, and a special category in celebration of the park’s 30th anniversary called Memories of the Mountains

This contest has inspired many regional amateur photographers from the Southern California area to explore and discover new special places within the Santa Monica Mountains. One past winner reflected on his experiences taking photographs in the mountains, “Even though the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is very close to a well populated, urban environment, there are many places – especially on foggy days like this – where you feel like you are thousands of miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city, where you’re more likely to see a deer or coyote than another person.” For more information on submission criteria and how to get involved in the contest, please visit Spirit of the Mountains.

 
 
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Camaraderie on the Cistern Trail - Malibu Creek State Park
Photo Courtesy of Carol Lacorte

Did You Know?

Charlie Cooke, hereditary Chief of the Chumash played an important role in making sure 85 acres remained open space.

On June 13, 1980, Charlie Cooke, hereditary Chief of the Chumash and concerned citizens fulfilled a dream-- a place for families to explore our natural world and learn about the Chumash. Satwiwa in Newbury Park, CA celebrates the beauty of the mountains and all Native American cultures.