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Got Nature Photography Skills? Contest Launched to Capture the Santa Monicas

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We're big fans of looking at nature photos taken in and around Los Angeles. We've seen bobcats, mountain lions, waterfalls, scenic views through the lenses of photographers who really haven't traveled that far, sometimes only minutes from Hollywood. It's just some of the best delicious eye candy of Southern California in our opinion.

With that said, the National Park Service is holding their annual Spirit of the Mountains Photo Contest for amateur photographers. Photos in various categories can be taken anywhere in the Santa Monica Mountains Zone, which includes the Santa Monica Pier and beaches to the north, Runyon Canyon and many other places the public-at-large has yet to discover. Winners will be displayed in an exhibition at their Thousand Oaks visitor center and may be published in the quarterly Outdoors event guide.