• 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 Photo Contest

Dark rocks and wet sand reflect a brightly colored ocean sunset
"Corazon del Matador" People's Choice Best Photo 2013
Photo Courtesy of Jazan Kozma

Share the wonder of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area with other. Enter the Spirit of the Mountains Photo Contest. Let your photographic imagination capture the essence of this hidden jewel.

The Spirit of the Mountains Photo Contest is here!

For inspiration, take a look at some of the Past Photo Contest Winners that are linked here, sorted by year.

Please download the rules, regulations, and entry form for this year below.

Download the 2014 contest flyer and rules to share with your friends and family.

Map of the Santa Monica Mountains Zone

NPS Photo Release - English (PDF - 20 KB)

NPS Photo Release - Español (PDF - 100 KB)

For questions about the contest, please e-mail us directly using the link below.

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Did You Know?

The adult female of this cub died in 2005.

A study that began in 2002 reveals a lion and his offspring are surviving in the Santa Monica Mountains. Radio collars track them crossing roads and navigating through open spaces. Their future is uncertain, but with conservation efforts, they may continue to make these mountains their home.