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Yosemite National Park Conducts “Youth in Yosemite” Short Film Contest Selected Films to be Showcased at Awards Ceremony

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Date: December 2, 2013

Yosemite National Park is conducting a “Youth in Yosemite” Short Film Contest. This contest is open to anyone 25 years of age or younger who is motivated to create a video about their connection to Yosemite National Park. The deadline to submit the short films is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014.

Film themes should be focused on Celebrating Nature or What Yosemite Means to Me and be no more than 15 minutes in length. Each theme is designed to celebrate art, beauty, inspiration, the nature of Yosemite, and a personal connection to the park. Contest winners will be notified by phone after the deadline whether their film was selected.

A select group of submitted films will be recognized during an award ceremony in Yosemite Valley on Saturday, March 1, 2014. The top films will be screened at the event, and a winner will be selected. Additionally, contest participants may have their work publically displayed or used in Yosemite National Park publications, website, or other park products. 

For more information, contest guidelines, and entry forms, please call 209-375-9505 or email

This event is a part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant. The park is honoring the sesquicentennial, which will culminate on June 30, 2014, the day in which Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove were protected for all time. For a list of all anniversary events, please visit: www.nps.gov/yose/anniversary

Yosemite Conservancy, The Ansel Adams Gallery, and the National Park Foundation provided support for this student inspired project.

Did You Know?

Merced River in Yosemite Valley

The Merced River was designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1987. Eighty-one miles of river runs through Yosemite National Park, including a stretch in Yosemite Valley.