• 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?

Sue Nelson, Jill Swift, and Margo Feurer were instrumental in the movement to create a national recreation area near Los Angeles.

Four state parks were the triumph of a grassroots movement to protect open spaces minutes from Los Angeles in the 1950s & 60s. Three women, Sue Nelson, Jill Swift, and Margo Feuer further galvanized the movement that helped make Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area a reality in 1978.