• Afternoon clouds cover the distance peaks of the iconic Boney Mountain

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Spirit of the Mountains Fall Photo Contest

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

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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.

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

Did You Know?

A community project led by the National Park Service has restored Zuma Lagoon.

Many hands spanning different generations and agencies continue to turn back the clock on damage to the fragile environment at Zuma Lagoon. After the removal of debris and the restoration of native plants, beach visitors now find a living wetland with 108 species of birds and colorful wildflowers.