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Santa Monica Mountains photo contest accepting entries

October 6, 2009 |  4:41 pm

The view from Circle X Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is holding its annual Spirit of the Mountains photo contest.

Amateur photographers are invited to submit entries in six categories -- Plants; Animals; Scenic Shots; Young Photographers (age 12 and younger); People in Parklands and Memories of the Mountains. Photos must have been taken within the Santa Monica Mountains Zone to be eligible.

Ribbons will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place in each category. First-place winning images will also appear in issues of Outdoors, the print and online quarterly calendar of programs and events. (Second- and third-place winners may be published as space permits.)

Entry forms and complete rules are available on the NPS Santa Monica Mountains webpage. The deadline to submit entries is Oct. 31.

Winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Thousand Oaks, where entries will be on display through Jan. 31.

For questions, call the visitor center (open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily) at (805) 370-2301.

--Kelly Burgess

Photo: The view from Circle X Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. Credit: National Park Service